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Extremely Rare Variety


Justinian II. First reign, 685-695. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.43 g, 7h). Constantinople mint, 1st officina. Struck 692-695. IҺS CRISτOS RЄX RЄςNANτ[IЧM], bust of Christ Pantokrator facing; cross behind / D IЧSτINI AN ЧS SЄRs CҺRISτI, Justinian standing facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding akakia and cross potent set on two steps; A//CONOB. DOC 7a var. (mintmark); MIB 8a var. (same); SB 1248 var. (same). In NGC encapsulation 4938331-162, graded MS, Strike: 4/5, Surface: 5/5. Extremely rare variety.

Of the examples of SB 1248 on CoinArchives, only four exhibit the CONOB mintmark. Below we record all examples we could trace with this mark. As the mintmark is frequently off-flan on this issue other examples may exist.

a) This coin

b) Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio 169 (8 August 2012), lot 20527

c) Stack’s (12 January 2009), lot 3163

d) Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 131 (18 January 2006), lot 192
e) Numismatica Ars Classica 124 (23 June 2021), lot 818