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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).


Vitellius, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.

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Struck in 69 A.D., the Year of the Four Emperors. After Nero's death, four emperors, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian, ruled in a remarkable succession. Vitellius was made emperor by his troops and after defeating Otho. Vespasian was made emperor by his troops and the Danube legions. Vespasian prevailed. Vitellius was slain. His body was dragged through the streets and dumped in the Tiber.
RS85541. Silver denarius, RIC I 90 (S), RSC II 18, BMCRE I 20, BnF III 52, Hunter I 8, SRCV I 2196 var. (obv. leg.), F, toned, light marks and corrosion, tight flan, weight 3.078 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 69 A.D.; obverse A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head right; reverse CONCORDIA P R (harmony with the people of Rome), Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Lucas Harsh collection; scarce; SOLD


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


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is on an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of Emperor Augustus.
RS85210. Silver denarius, RIC III 131, RSC II 150, BMCRE IV 202, SRCV II 5641, Hunter II -, VF, excellent portrait, well centered on a tight flan, edge cracks, weight 3.096 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 186 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XI IMP VII COS V P P (high priest, tribune for 11 years, imperator 7 times, consul 5 times, father of the country), Fortuna seated left, holding by tiller in right hand a rudder resting on globe, scepter in left hand, wheel under seat, FOR RED (Fortuna who returns travelers) in exergue; 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 AD, 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.
BZ58716. Bronze half follis, DOC I 61a, SBCV 467, Hahn MIB II 73, F, weight 4.692 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 578 - 582 A.D.; obverse [δm TIb] CONTA PP A (blundered), crowned and cuirassed bust facing, crown without ornament; reverse large XX (20 nummi), cross above, ROM in exergue; scarce; 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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