Justinian II AV Solidus, Choice MS

  • An artifact from the Byzantine Empire, this gold coin is graded Choice MS
  • The obverse displays an image of Jesus — the first numismatic representation of Jesus
  • The reverse features a full-length portrait of Emperor Justinian II
  • This coin displays a highly desirable lustrous, bright gold color and is sharply and evenly struck
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Item No. 31-3344

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This gold coin is a rare artifact from the ancient Byzantine Empire and the brief first reign of Justinian II. On the obverse, Jesus is depicted in great detail wearing religious vestments, holding the Gospels in one hand and raising the other in benediction. It is believed that this highly naturalistic depiction is modeled after a mosaic in the apse of the Great Palace of Constantinople. On the reverse is Byzantine emperor Justinian II holding a cross potent and ceremonial akakia. The coin is graded Choice MS, and it displays a highly desirable lustrous, bright gold color and is sharply and evenly struck on both sides.

This coin is unique in that it is the first image of Jesus on a piece of currency, something allowed by the Trullan Council of 692. The Trullan Council was a church council convened by Justinian II to draw up disciplinary canons, and canon 82 allowed for representations of Christ in his human form, rather than only symbolic representations. Justinian II was a devout member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and placing Christ's image on coinage was a reflection of this.

Circa 692 A.D.
Justinian II AV Solidus, Choice MS
Period: Ancient
Origin: Other Europe
Type: Coins

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