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Justinian II, 685-695 AD, Solidus, First Reign c. 692-695 AD
First portrait of Christ on a coin.
Justinian II ascended to the throne in 685 at the age of 16 and showed Christian piety. He unsuccessfully enforced eastern Christian doctrines on the Church of Rome. In 695 he was overthrown by Leontius and had his nose and tongue cut before his exile to Cherson. Obverse IhS CRISTOS REX REGNANTIVM. Reverse D IVSTINI-ANV-S SERV ChRISTI CONOB
Mint: Constantinople
Provenance: Private acquisition

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