Anastasius I, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.
This type commonly has pellets above and below the center crossbar of the E. All examples listed in BMC have pellets. BnF lists pentanummium without pellets for the 1st and 4th officinae. Dumbarton Oaks lists the type without pellets for the 5th officina only. Although not listed in the references, we have seen examples without pellets struck by the 2nd and 3rd officinae.BZ69689. Bronze pentanummium, cf. DOC I 26b, Wroth BMC 55, Morrisson BnF 95, Tolstoi 66, Ratto 368, Sommer 1.27, Hahn MIB 37, SBCV 29 (all with pellets in E), gF, tight flan, weight 1.802 g, maximum diameter 12.2 mm, die axis 45o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 512 - 517 A.D.; obverse D N ANA[STASIVS PP A] (or similar), diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse large E (5 nummi), B (2nd officina) right; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce variant; $40.00 (€34.80)
In 492, the Isaurians begin a revolt in southern Central Anatolia. The rebels were defeated in the Battle of Cotyaeum and retreated to their mountain fortresses They continued guerrilla warfare against the Roman forces until 497.SH90890. Gold solidus, DOC I 3e, Morrisson BnF 2, Ratto 310, Hahn MIB 4, Sommer 1.2, SBCV 3, Tolstoi -, Wroth BMC -, EF, a few small marks, unusually attractive Victory, weight 4.457 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 492 - 498 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS P P AVC, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, cross on helmet, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left, trefoil ornament on helmet; reverse VICTORIA AVCCC E, Victory standing slightly left, head left, long jeweled cross resting on ground in her right, star on right, CONOB in exergue; ex Harlan J. Berk, sale 165 (June 2009), lot 32; SOLD
In 498, Anastasius abolished the tax known as the chrysargyron. The tax applied to all merchants, money-lenders, craftsmen, and others who received fees for their work, including prostitutes. The only exemptions were physicians, teachers, and farmers selling their own produce. Because it was collected in one lump sum only once every four years, the tax caused great hardships. Parents were sometimes forced to sell their children into slavery or prostitution to meet the levy. The city of Edessa, which was relieved of a tax of 140 pounds of gold every four years (2,520 solidi annually), celebrated with a week of festivities.SH62360. Gold solidus, DOC I 7e, Wroth BMC 4, Tolstoi 5, Ratto 316, Hahn MIB 7, SBCV 5, aEF, weak centers, weight 4.468 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 498 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holding spear and shield decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG E, Victory standing left holding cross topped with inverted
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