BYZANTINE EMPIRE. JUSTINIAN I, AD 527-565.
Gold Solidus, 4.34 g., 21 mm., minted in ROME, ca. AD 537-542.
Obv.: Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian, facing, holding globus cruciger and shield with horseman device.
Rev.: Angel standing, facing, holding globus cruciger and long cross, star at right, officina A.
Sear 289; DOC 318b; MIBE 29.
Ex Dimitriadis Collection, formerly Sotheby’s Zurich 10/27/1993, lot 1843 and prior NGA XVIII (1987) lot 669.
NGC graded AU, strike 5/5, surface 3/5, graffito (an X in obverse right field) and clipped noted, NGC# 3807366-001. A nicely pedigreed specimen of a rare emission from the mint of Rome, with Coin Archives listing only 4 other specimens of this variety.