VERY rare SALVS RPVRLICA AE2 of Leo (457-474 AD) w/SALVS RPVRLICA, Cherson mint, Roman Empire

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Leo facing right, DN LEO P-RPET AG / SALVS R-PVRLICA, Emperor standing right, holding standard and globe, treading down on a prostrate captive, CON in exergue. MUCH NICER THAN THE SCAN, gVF, nice brown patina. RIC 660. Notes: A great rarity, with only a handful of other known examples. Rated R3 in RIC.

Quick note about the AE2's of Leo. TheseAE2's have the mintmark of Constantinopolis, but were probably struck inCherson, Sarmatia. They are all rare - The small size of the whole issueis evident from the fairly small number of dies that were used. Thecoins can be conveniently divided into two different group - VIRTVSEXRCITI (always mis-spelled), and the second group with a reverseinscription SALVS REIPVBLICAE (the first group is much rarer).