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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).


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.

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Gordian looks rather smug on the obverse and stands proud with the world in his hands on the reverse.
SH86674. Silver denarius, RIC IV 115, RSC IV 243, Hunter III 33, SRCV III 8680, Choice aMS, about as struck, light rose tone on luster, full circles centering, nice portrait, sharp reverse detail, radiating flow lines, weight 2.861 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 241 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P III COS II P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 3 years, consul 2 times, father of the country), Gordian standing right, wearing military garb, transverse spear in right hand, globe in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection (purchased from Alan Walker at NYINC early 2000's); $190.00 (Ä161.50)


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 PP 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; $40.00 (Ä34.00)


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.
BZ73169. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 353 (Ravenna), Wroth BMC 407 (Ravenna), SBCV 326 (Ravenna), Hahn MIB I 29a (Rome), Sommer 4.155 (Rome), Ratto -, VF, weight 3.141 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Ravenna or Rome mint, 562 - 563 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS PP 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; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius II Constantine, 26 September 578 - 14 August 582 A.D.

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Tradition tells us that the Roman Empire ended in 476 A.D. when Romulus Augustus was deposed and the barbarian Odovacar became king in Italy. This coin, however, was minted in Rome for the emperor of the Romans more than 100 years after the "fall of the Roman Empire." After 476, the ancient capital of the empire alternated between Byzantine and Germanic control. Rome remained nominally part of the Byzantine Empire until 751 A.D., when the Lombards finally extinguished the Exarchate of Ravenna which was the last holdout of the Byzantines in northern Italy. The city's population declined from more than a million in 210 A.D. to a mere 35,000 during the Early Middle Ages, reducing the sprawling city to groups of inhabited buildings interspersed among large areas of ruins and vegetation.
BZ58702. Bronze half follis, DOC I 61b, Wroth BMC 149, Tolstoi 103, Ratto 989, SBCV 467, Hahn MIB II 73, aVF, weight 5.003 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 578 - 582 A.D.; obverse D m TIB CO-NSTANT P, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, crown ornamented with a cross; reverse large XX (20 nummi), cross above, ROM in exergue; scarce; SOLD







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