Irene. 797-802 AD. Solidus, 4.38g. (6h). Constantinople. Obv: Bust of Irene facing, wearing crown and loros and holding globus cruciger and cruciform scepter. Rx: Bust of Irene as on obverse. Berk 236. DO 1. Sear 1599. Excellent balanced strike on both obverse and reverse. Toned from sitting in a brown envelope for sixty years. EF.
Ex Christian Pepper collection. Purchased from the renowned St. Louis dealer Burdette G. Johnson, St. Louis Stamp and Coin Company, in the 1940s.