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Live auction - bby_535558 - LEONTIUS Solidus

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Estimate : 2 000 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 15:41:45
Type : Solidus
Date: c. 695-698
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,38 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 3e
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire sur un flan court idéalement centré des deux côtés. Joli buste, finement détaillé. Faiblesse de frappe à 1h au revers et à 5h au droit
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : D LEO-N PE AG.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, couronnée de face, vêtu du loros, tenant l’akakia de la main droite et le globe crucigère de la main gauche.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Leontius Perpetuus Augustus”, (Seigneur Léon perpétuel auguste).


Reverse legend : VICTORIA AVGY(GAMMA).
Reverse description : Croix potencée posée sur sur trois degrés.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augusti”, (Victoire de l’auguste).

Historical background


(End 695 - 698 end)

General Léonce, strategist nome Hellas rebelled against the tyranny of Justinian II in 695. The emperor had his tongue and nose cut off and was exiled to Cherson. Taking advantage of the political crisis, the Arabs continued their victorious conquest of North Africa and seized Carthage in 698. Regime Leonce did not survive this crisis. He was overthrown by Aspimar who took the name of Tiberius III. Leonce was exiled after being mutilated too. In 705, when Justinian II returned to power after having tortured and exposed to the public, Leonce and Tiberius III were both executed.

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