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Byzantine Nicomedia, Bithynia (498 - 627)

The Nicomedia mint reopenned after Anastasius' reform of 498 to assist in issuing the new denominations of copper coinage and closed in 627. Situated on the roads leading to the capital, Nicomedia was a major military base, important in the Byzantine campaigns against the Caliphate. By the 9th century much of the city, except for a hilltop citadel, was abandoned and in ruins. Nicomedia was twice blockaded by the Ottomans (in 1304 and 1330) before finally succumbing in 1337.


Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.

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Under Justinian Nicomedia was extended with new public buildings. Situated on the roads leading to the capital, the city remained a major military center, playing an important role in the Byzantine campaigns against the Caliphate.
BZ84947. Bronze follis, DOC I 96a.1, Wroth BMC 134, Tolstoi 118, Ratto 849, Morrisson BnF 5/Ni/AE/11, Hahn MIB 46b, Sommer 5.27, SBCV 369, gVF, green patina, reverse off center, corrosion with minor pitting, shallow cut reverse right, weight 14.387 g, maximum diameter 32.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 570 - 571 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AV, Justin II seated on left and Sophia seated on right, both nimbate and facing on double throne, he holds a globus cruciger, she holds a cruciform scepter, cross above center; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and G (regnal year 6), cross above, A below, NIKO in exergue; $110.00 (Ä97.90)


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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In 614, a Sassanid Persian and Jewish army (26,000 men) led by by Shahrbaraz captured and sacked Jerusalem after a 20-day siege. Somewhere between 57,000 and 66,500 citizens were slain; another 35,000 were enslaved, including the Patriarch Zacharias. Many churches in the city (including the "Church of the Resurrection" or Holy Sepulchre) were burned, and numerous relics, including the True Cross, the Holy Lance, and the Holy Sponge, were carried off to the Persian capital Ctesiphon.
BZ77962. Bronze follis, DOC II part 1, 159b.4 (same dies); Morrisson BnF 10/Ni/AE/07; Wroth BMC 242; Tolstoi 270; Ratto 1436; Hahn MIB 175a; SBCV 834; Sommer 11.73, F, overstruck on a large flan, small edge cracks, strong undertype effects, weight 13.375 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, die axis 195o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 613 - 614 A.D.; obverse Heraclius on left, Heraclius Constantine on right, both stand wearing crown and chlamys with globus cruciger in right hand, cross between heads, obscure blundered legend; reverse large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and II/II (regnal year 4), cross above, B (2nd officina) below, NIK (Nicomedia) in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $70.00 (Ä62.30)


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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Under Justinian Nicomedia was extended with new public buildings. Situated on the roads leading to the capital, the city remained a major military center, playing an important role in the Byzantine campaigns against the Caliphate.
BZ62387. Bronze follis, DOC I 127b, Sommer 4.65.3, Wroth BMC 208, Morrisson BnF I 26, Tolstoi 187, Ratto 598, Hahn MIB I 113a, SBCV 201, gVF, nice green patina, weight 19.735 g, maximum diameter 35.2 mm, die axis 195o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 547 - 548 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS PP AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger (cross on orb) in right, shield with horseman device on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse large M; A/N/N/O left; X/X/I right (regnal year 31), cross above, B (2nd officina) below, NIKO in exergue; big 35 mm bronze; SOLD







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