JUSTINIAN II GOLD SOLIDUS – SCARCE VARIETY OF IMPERIAL PORTRAIT ISSUE – MINT STATE NGC GRADED BYZANTINE GOLD COIN (Inv. 15602)
BYZANTINE EMPIRE. JUSTINIAN II, FIRST REIGN, AD 685-695
Gold solidus, 4.46 g, 20 mm, minted in Constantinople.
Obv. Facing bust of Justinian II, with slight dotted beard, wearing a crown with cross and holding globus cruciger.
Rev. Cross potent on 3-stepped base, officina S.
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, a scarce variety earlier in Justinian’s coinage with an accomplished and youthful portrait of the devout emperor who introduced Christ’s image on coinage.