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Byzantine Rome (c. 540 - 775)

The Rome mint reopened about 540, after Justinian's conquests in Italy. It closed during the reign of Constantine V (741- 775).


Ostrogothic Kingdom, City of Rome, Municipal Coinage, 493 - 518 A.D.

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This City of Rome municipal coinage 40 nummi was struck during the reign of Theoderic the Great, king of the Ostrogoths (475 - 526). Theoderic controlled an empire stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Adriatic Sea. He kept good relations between Ostrogoths and Romans, maintained a Roman legal administration and oversaw a flourishing scholarly culture and the largest building program in Italy in 100 years. The Palace of Domitian on the Palatine Hill was reconstructed, the city walls were rebuilt, and the Senate's Curia, the Theater of Pompey, the city aqueducts, sewers and a granary were refurbished and repaired.
ME89614. Bronze 40 nummi, MEC I 109, cf. Metlich COI 76a (AE30), Hahn MIB I Ostgoten 74a (same); BMC Vandals p. 102, 6 (same), VF, dark patina with highlighting red earthen deposits, struck on tight flan, weight 4.047 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 493 - 518 A.D.; obverse INVICTA ROMA (invincible Rome), helmeted and draped bust of Roma right; reverse eagle standing left, head turned back looking right, XL (mark of value, upward L reverse) lower left field, uncertain Greek letter (officina number) between pellets in exergue; ex Roman Numismatics e-sale 53, lot 990; ex North American private collection; very rare; $200.00 (Ä170.00)


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

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In 562, Belisarius stood trial for corruption in Constantinople, possibly with Procopius acting as praefectus urbi. He was found guilty and sent to prison.
BZ67007. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 353 (Ravenna), Wroth BMC 407 (Ravenna), SBCV 326 (Ravenna), Hahn MIB I 29a (Rome), Sommer 4.155 (Rome), Ratto -, F, nice green patina, weight 2.846 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 180o, Ravenna or Rome mint, 562 - 563 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger in right, shield in left; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO left, XX/XVI (regnal year 36) right, all within wreath, no mintmark; $36.00 (Ä30.60)


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and to make provision for the future. This ability was considered essential for the emperor and providentia was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the imperial cult. Cicero said that providentia, memoria (memory) and intellegentia (understanding) are the three main components of prudentia, the knowledge what is good or bad or neither.
RS87781. Silver denarius, RIC III 22; RSC II 507; BMCRE IV p. 388, 15; Hunter II 2; cf. SRCV II 4925 (TR P XVI), Choice EF, excellent centering and strike, radiating flow lines, some luster, light toning, thin die cracks on reverse, weight 3.322 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 161 - 162 A.D.; obverse IMP M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROV DEOR TR P XV COS III, Providentia standing slightly left, head left, globe in extended right hand, cornucopia in left hand; SOLD







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