Byzantine Empire, Justin I and Justinian I, 4 April - 1 August 527 A.D.
During Justin's reign (518–527), Justinian was the emperor's close confidant and was probably acting as a regent long before Justin made him co-emperor on 1 April 527. Justinian was appointed consul in 521 and later commander of the army of the east. As Justin became senile near the end of his reign, Justinian became the de facto ruler. Upon Justin's death on 1 August 527, Justinian became the sole sovereign.BZ83458. Bronze follis, DOC I 10b, Morrisson BnF 3/Cp/AE/1, Berk 112, SBCV 125, Hahn MIB I 4, Sommer 3.5, Wroth BMC 7 var. (P vice PP), Tolstoi 144 var. (same), Ratto -, F, irregular flan, large flan crack/flaw, weight 14.590 g, maximum diameter 34.4 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople mint, 4 Apr - 1 Aug 527 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTIN ET IVSTINIAN P P AVΓ, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justin right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, six-pointed star left, cross right, B (2nd officina) below, CON (Constantinope) in exergue; rare;
$125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00
This tiny bronze from Antioch is the last coin type to depict the Tyche of Antioch by Eutychides and, indeed, it is the last ancient coin type to depict any classical deity. The sculpture, which first appeared on coins of Antioch in the second century B.C., was made in the late 4th Century B.C. by the Greek sculptor Eutychides of Sicyon for the then newly founded city of Antioch. The sculpture was imitated by many Asiatic cities. There is a small copy in the Vatican.BZ73040. Bronze pentanummium, DOC I 17, Hahn MIB 13, Wroth BMC 10 - 11, SBCV 133, Morrisson BnF -, Ratto -, F, nice glossy green patina with earthen highlighting, weight 1.716 g, maximum diameter 12.5 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse D N D N IVSTINVS ET IVSTINIANVS PP AVG (or similar), diademed, draped and cuirassed busts of Justin and Justinian facing; reverse Tyche of Antioch seated left, reversed E left, all within a distyle shrine; very rare;
$80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
Justin was a peasant and a swineherd by occupation from the Dardania region, in the Prefecture of Illyricum. He was of Thraco-Roman or Illyro-Roman stock, spoke rudimentary Greek, and bore a Thracian name, Istok. As a teenager, he and two companions fled from a barbaric invasion, and took refuge in Constantinople, possessing nothing more than the ragged clothes on their backs and a sack of bread between them. Justin soon joined the army and, through his ability, rose through the ranks to become a general. By the time of Anastasius' death in 518, he held the influential position of comes excubitorum, commander of the palace guard.BZ77950. Bronze follis, DOC I 9a, Wroth BMC 29, Morrisson BnF 2/Cp/AE/11, Tolstoi 28, Ratto 397, Hahn MIB 11, Sommer 2.7, SBCV 63, F, green patina, well centered, uneven strike, weight 15.696 g, maximum diameter 31.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 10 Jul 518 - 1 Aug 527 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, star left, cross right, A (1st officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren;
$32.00 SALE PRICE $28.80
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