BYZANTINE EMPIRE. JUSTIN I & JUSTINIAN I JOINT REIGN in AD 527
Gold solidus, 4.48 g., 20 mm. Struck at Constantinople by the 6th officina, April-August AD 527.
Obv. D N IVSTIN ЄT IVSTINIAN P P AVG, Justin and Justinian seated on throne with vertical uprights and crossbar, facing, holding globes, cross above between them CONOB in exergue.
Rev. VICTORI–A AVGGG, Angel standing, facing, holding cross and globus cruciger, star in right field, officina S indicated.
Sear 118 var (unlisted officina); DOC 3 var. (unlisted officina); MIBE 2c; Metcalf, Joint, Group IIc, 43 (obv. die O24).
Ex Sincona 3, 10/25/2011, lot 3044, where it hammered down for 10,500 CHF.
NGC graded CHOICE AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5. A very rare emission from the brief 5-month joint reign of Justin and Justinian, that saw the rise to power of Justinian, under whose rule the Byzantine empire reached its greatest glory. The present specimen is Sear 118, where the throne is shown with vertical uprights and crossbar; it was struck by officina S which was unknown to Sear or DOC and may be the only specimen extant from that officina.