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After Zeno died without designating a successor, the Empress Ariadne was called upon to select a new emperor. Her choice was an obscure but successful finance civil servant, Anastasius. She made a wise choice. Anastasius ruled successfully for 27 years. His financial expertise resulted in the accumulation of 320,000 pounds of gold! He also restructured the currency system, creating the nummus unit of account and the follis of 40 nummi. Because of the dramatic changes, Anastasius' reform in 498 A.D. is often seen by numismatists as the end of Roman coinage and the beginning of Byzantine coinage. The people of the Empire didn't see it that way and continued to call themselves Romans until the fall of Constantinople on 29 May 1453.
Coins of this type can be dated before or after 512 A.D. because a larger flan was introduced that year. This coin is a large module type dated after 512 A.D.BZ91866. Bronze follis, cf. DOC I 23e, Morrisson BnF I 1/Cp/AE/69, Hahn MIB I 27, SBCV 19, Sommer 1.15, Wroth BMC -, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, Fair, off center, encrustations, weight 17.921 g, maximum diameter 35.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 512 - 517 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS PP AVC, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, star on shoulder; reverse large M (40 nummi), star left, star right, cross above, Γ(?) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; big 35.8mm bronze; $16.00 (€14.08)
SH12102. Gold solidus, SBCV 5, Choice EF, weight 4.492 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, 9th 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 Θ (victory of the three emperors, 9th officina), Victory standing left holding cross topped with inverted P, star left, CONOB in exergue; a touch flat on the forehead but with mint luster in fields and a wonderful reverse; SOLD
Anastasius, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.
SH19013. Gold solidus, SBCV 3, DOC I 3c, aEF, weight 4.408 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 491 - 498 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with a horseman; reverse VICTORI-A AVCCC Γ CONOB, Victory standing half left, head left, long jeweled cross in right, star right; SOLD
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