AV light weight Solidus (20 Siliquae) of Justinian I 527-565 AD., OBXX“ rare mintmark!, Sear 142

Ancient Coins - AV light weight Solidus (20 Siliquae) of Justinian I 527-565 AD.,  "OBXX“ rare mintmark!, Sear 142
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Reign

Byzantine Empire - Justinian the Great 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 AD.

Denomination

Gold light weight Solidus of 20 Siliquae

Date Struck

542-565 AD.

Mint

Constantinople, 10th officina (I)

Obverse

DN IVSTINI - ANVS PP AVI, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding cross on globe and shield decorated with horseman

Reverse

VICTORI - A AVGGG I, Angel standing facing, holding long cross and plain globus, star to right, OBXX in ex

Weight

3.74 grams

Diameter

19 mm

Reference

SB 142; DOC 10; MIBE 15

Grade

Extremely fine, flat strike areas, mint luster, rare

Comments

The formula OB XX in place of the usual CONOB seems to represent OBryzum Viginti Siliquae, or "gold of 20 siliquae". A full weight solidus was tariffed at 24 siliquae. The reason for the striking of gold solidi on a lighter standard than the traditional solidus of about 4.5 grams remains something of a mystery. The coins may have been intended specifically for external trade, as most are found beyond the official frontiers or the Empire.

Ancient Coins - AV light weight Solidus (20 Siliquae) of Justinian I 527-565 AD.,
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