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Justin I, 10 July 518 - 1 August 527 A.D.

Joint rule with Justinian I (his nephew), 4 April - 1 August 527 A.D.
Of Macedonian peasant origin, Justin I rose through the ranks of the military and was proclaimed emperor by the army on 10 July 518 A.D. He was uneducated, but intelligent enough to rely upon the policy advice of his brilliant nephew, Justinian I. Justinian was raised to the rank of co-Emperor months before Justin's death on 1 August 527 A.D.
Map 526 AD


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They look similar, but there is a significant physical difference between angels and Victory. Angels are all male. Victory (Nike) is female. On Byzantine coinage, the male angel replaced the female Victory after the reunion with Rome was concluded on 28 March 519 A.D.
SH51671. Gold solidus, SBCV 56, DOC I 2, Berk 38, Hahn MIB I 3, Wroth BMC 1 - 6, EF, weight 4.412 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, shield on left arm, spear in right over shoulder; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG E (victory of the three emperors, 5th officina), angel standing facing, holding long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


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They look similar, but there is a significant physical difference between angels and Victory. Angels are all male. Victory (Nike) is female. On Byzantine coinage, the male angel replaced the female Victory after the reunion with Rome was concluded on 28 March 519 A.D.
SH54778. Gold solidus, DOC I 2h, Berk 38, Hahn MIB I 3, Wroth BMC 1 - 6, SBCV 56, gVF, some die rust, wavy, weight 4.424 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 180o, 9th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 522 - 527; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm ornamented with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG Θ (victory of the three emperors, 9th officina), angel standing facing, long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


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They look similar, but there is a significant physical difference between angels and Victory. Angels are all male. Victory (Nike) is female. On Byzantine coinage, the male angel replaced the female Victory after the reunion with Rome was concluded on 28 March 519 A.D.
SH20270. Gold solidus, DOC I 1c, SBCV 55, gVF, weight 4.360 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 518 - 519 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVI, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, shield on left arm, spear in right over shoulder; reverse VICTORI-A AVCCC Γ, Victory standing half left, jeweled cross in right, star left, CONOB in exergue; SOLD







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