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Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.
Justin, unable to handle the burden of his failures, fell into madness. He ordered an organ be played continuously to soothe his frenzied mind. He was pulled through the palace on a wheeled throne, biting attendants as he passed, and there were rumors that he had devoured a number of them. In 574, General Tiberius was adopted as his caesar, regent and heir. Tiberius received the diadem on his knees before the assembly. Justin, in a moment of sanity, addressed the new monarch saying: "If you consent, I live; if you command, I die: may the God of heaven and earth infuse into your heart whatever I have neglected or forgotten." The assembly applauded with sympathy, silence, and in tears for their prince. Sophia and Tiberius ruled as joint regents for four years, while Justin sank into growing insanity.
BZ71848. Bronze follis
, DOC I
38e, Hahn MIB
5.9, Wroth BMC
-, Morrisson BnF
VF, nice green patina
, well centered
on a slightly ragged flan
, 4th officina
, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight
12.178g, maximum diameter
32.8mm, die axis
, 574 - 575 A.D.; obverse
D N IVSTI-NVS P P AV, Justin II seated on left and Sophia seated on right facing on double throne, both are nimbate
, he holds a globus cruciger
, she holds a cruciform scepter
large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and X (year 10), cross
above, ∆ (4th officina
) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue
Catalog current as of Saturday, October 21, 2017.
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