In May 540, the general Belisarius conquered Mediolanum and the capital Ravenna. The and his wife Matasuntha were taken as captives to Constantinople. later died there, without any children. After his death, Matasuntha married the Germanus Justinus, a nephew of Justinian I by his sister Vigilantia.SH71737. Bronze , 40b, 4/Cp/AE/60, 58, 107, 507, 95a, 163, 4.20, gVF, full circles strike on a huge , nice green , 23.632 g, maximum 39.4 mm, 180o, 2nd , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 541 - 542 A.D.; D N IVSTINIANVS PP AVI, helmeted and facing, in right, on left ornamented with horseman, right; large M (40 nummi), above, ANNO left, XY (regnal year 15) right, B ( 2) below, CON (Constantinople) in ; $190.00 (€167.20)
In 545, Justinian I sent General Narses to the rulers of the Heruli, to recruit troops for the campaigns in Italy and .SH72608. Bronze , 124a, 202, 181, 592, 113b, 201, 4.66, -, VF, on a large , 20.489 g, maximum 35.5 mm, 180o, 1st , (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 544 - 545 A.D.; D N IVSTINIANVS PP AVG, helmeted and of Justinian facing, holding ( on orb) in right, with horseman device on left shoulder, in right ; large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O left and X/U/II/I right (regnal year 18), ( ) above, A (first ) below, NIKO ( ) in ; ex The Time Machine; $100.00 (€88.00)
Cassander of founded in 315 B.C. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a half-sister of Alexander the Great. became the capital of in 168 B.C. and was later the administrative center for all of . Its location at the nexus of both the East-West and North-South trade routes was ideal. In 1423, Andronicus ceded the city to Venice to protect it from the besieging Ottomans. The Venetians held Thessaloniki until it was taken by the Murad II on 29 March 1430.
BZ77229. Bronze 16 nummi, 98d, 171, 4/Th/AE/9, 485, 169c, 178, 4.41, VF, nice , , light marks and bumps, light corrosion, 7.077 g, maximum 23.0 mm, 180o, (Salonika, ) mint, 542 - 547 A.D.; D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG, diademed, draped and right; large I and smaller S (16 nummi), Chi-Rho above, flanked by smaller A left and P right, TES in ; $95.00 (€83.60)
Antioch was renamed Theoupolis after it was nearly destroyed by an earthquake on 29 November 528.BZ72605. Bronze half-follis, 672, 211a (not in the collection, references ), 134, 226, 4.95, -, -, -, VF, nice green patine with red earthen highlighting, , of unstruck, 6.797 g, maximum 26.8 mm, 315o, 1st , Theoupolis-Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 533 - 537 A.D.; D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AVG, Justinian enthroned facing holding long in right, in left; large K (20 nummi), T-H/E-u/O/P (Theoupolis) on left divided by large , A (1st ) right; very from 1st ; $85.00 (€74.80)
In 562, Belisarius stood trial for corruption in Constantinople, possibly with acting as urbi. He was found guilty and sent to prison.BZ67007. Bronze decanummium, 353 (Ravenna), 407 (Ravenna), 326 (Ravenna), 29a (Rome), 4.155 (Rome), -, F, nice green , 2.846 g, maximum 15.7 mm, 180o, Ravenna or Rome mint, 562 - 563 A.D.; D N IVSTINIANVS PP AVG, helmeted and facing, holding in right, in left; large I (10 nummi), ANNO left, XX/XVI (regnal year 36) right, all within wreath, no ; $75.00 (€66.00)
On 19 April 531, a army (20,000 men) under command of Belisarius was defeated by the Persians in the Battle of Callinicum, at Ar-Raqqah (northern ). Justinian I negotiated an end to the hostilities and Belisarius was hailed as a hero.BZ72603. Bronze , 28b, 4/Cp/AE/6, 29, 84, 483, 84, 158, 4.14, gF, , some corrosion, 16.865 g, maximum 32.9 mm, 225o, 2nd , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 527 - 532 A.D.; D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AVG, diademed, draped and right, on shoulder; large M (40 nummi), left, above, right, letter B (2nd ) below, CON (Constantinople) in ; $55.00 (€48.40)
, founded c. 331 BC by Alexander the Great, remained the capital of Hellenistic, Roman and then for almost one thousand years until the Muslim conquest of in 641 A.D., when a new capital was founded at Fustat (later absorbed into Cairo).
All 12 nummi were minted at . The , , thickness, and of the Alexandrian 12 nummi coins is remarkably similar to that of the Alexandrian tetradrachms struck under Rome in the late third and early fourth centuries.
BZ75942. Bronze 12 nummi,
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