PHLIPPICUS GOLD SOLIDUS – ISSUE OF CONSTANTINOPLE OFFICINA H FOR THE MAN WHO REMOVED CHRIST FROM BYZANTINE COINAGE – MINT STATE NGC GRADED BYZANTINE COIN (Inv. 16043)
BYZANTINE EMPIRE. PHILIPPICUS, AD 711-713.
Gold solidus, 4.24 g. Issue of Constantinople officina H.
Obv. D N FILЄPICЧS MЧLTЧS AN, bust of Philippicus, facing, wearing crown with cross and loros, holding globus cruciger and eagle-tipped scepter.
Rev. VICTORIA AVSЧ H, cross potent on three stepped base, CONOB in exergue.
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 5/5, Surface 2/5, “brushed”, “clipped”. Philippicus, a general of Armenian origin, was hailed emperor after the fall of Justinian II. A man of more unorthodox opinions regarding Christianity, he abandoned the use of Christ’s portrait on coinage, restoring the traditional cross potent type for the reverses of his gold issues.