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CNG Feature Auction 126

Lot nuber 945

Justin I & Justinian I. 527. AV Solidus (20.5mm, 4.49 g, 6h). Constantinople mint, 6th officina. Struck 4 April-1 August. EF.

CNG Feature Auction 126
Lot: 945.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

The Family of Constantine Collection, Coin-in-Hand Video, Gold

Sold For $ 6 250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Justin I & Justinian I. 527. AV Solidus (20.5mm, 4.49 g, 6h). Constantinople mint, 6th officina. Struck 4 April-1 August. Justin and Justinian enthroned facing, both nimbate, both placing hand on breast and holding globus; cross between / Angel standing facing, holding long cross and globus cruciger; star to right; S/CONOB. DOC –; Metcalf, Joint Group Id, 17 (O8/S4); MIBE 1d; SB 117. Lightly toned, small metal flaw, a few minor marks. EF. Very rare.

From the Family of Constantine Collection, assembled with guidance by Roland Michel, Geneva. Ex William H. Williams Collection (Triton VI, 13 January 2003), lot 1196.

Justin was an illiterate peasant from Thrace who acquired the throne through his natural strengths and cunning. Though of little learning himself, he understood the value of education, especially for his relatives. Consequently, his nephew Peter was sent to Constantinople for his education. When Justin became emperor, his nephew was renamed Justinian and served as his trusted advisor. Justinian was the real driving force behind many of the wise policies adopted under the reign of his uncle. His true brilliance would come to light during his future sole reign. When Justin's health began to fail in 527, Justinian was readily accepted as co-emperor and the transition of power was uneventful. The coming change was advertised by an extensive series of joint reign solidi, judging by the number of dies known. Presumably, these pieces were withdrawn from circulation after the accession of Justinian, accounting for their significant rarity today.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 126 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 28-29 May 2024. This lot is in Session Three, which will begin 29 May at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 22.5% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 25% for all others.

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