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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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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; $100.00 (€88.00)
 


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In 518, the synagogues of Ravenna were burned down in a riot; Theodoric the Great ordered them to be rebuilt at Ravenna's expense.
BZ69693. Bronze follis, Morrisson BnF 18, Tolstoi 37, Sommer 2.8, Hahn MIB 13, SBCV 64, DOC I - (only officina B listed), Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, F, weight 17.930 g, maximum diameter 31.4 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 518 - 522 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS PP AVC, diademed and draped bust right; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two crosses, cross above, E (5th officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; rare; $75.00 (€66.00)
 


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In July 520, the Byzantine general Vitalian, became consul and was shortly after murdered, probably on the orders of the emperor's nephew Justinian. In 521, Justinian, age 39, was appointed consul. He soon became Commander-in-chief of the army of the East and in 527 succeeded Justin I as emperor.
BZ76747. Bronze pentanummium, DOC I 20, SBCV 74, Sommer 2.16, Morrisson BnF 2/Cp/AE/21 ff., Hahn MIB 27, Wroth BMC -, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, gF, both sides about 1/3 off center, flan casting sprue, small edge cracks, porous, weight 2.583 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 518 - 522; obverse D N IVSTIN-VS PP AVC, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse large E (mark of value), C/O/N vertical downward on right, officina letter (mostly off flan) far right; this is the first example of this rare type handled by Forum; rare; $45.00 (€39.60)
 


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This type from the third officina is missing from Dumbarton Oaks, the British Museum and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
BZ72602. Bronze half follis, Ratto 403, DOC I 14c (not in the collection, refs Ratto), Hahn MIB 18, Berk 49, SBCV 68, Sommer 2.12, Wroth BMC -, Morrisson BnF -, Tolstoi -, aVF, well centered, potentially active corrosion, weight 8.868 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 518 - 522 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS PP A, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right, cross on diadem; reverse large K (20 nummi), cross left, Γ (3rd officina) right; although the light green spots look potentially active, there has been no change to this coin since we received it in 2014; very rare; $40.00 (€35.20)


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About 523 A.D., Justinian, who would later be the Byzantine emperor, married in Constantinople his mistress Theodora, a professional courtesan.
BZ69695. Bronze half follis, DOC I 15c, Ratto 403, Sommer 2.13, Hahn MIB 19, Berk 50, SBCV 69, Wroth BMC -, Morrisson BnF -, Tolstoi -, F, weight 6.229 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 522 - 527 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS PP AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse large K (20 nummi), long cross left, star above, star below, Γ (3th officina) right; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $30.00 (€26.40)
 


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About 523 A.D., Justinian, who would later be the Byzantine emperor, married in Constantinople his mistress Theodora, a professional courtesan.
BZ69696. Bronze half follis, DOC I 15b, Wroth BMC 34, Tolstoi 56, Sommer 2.13, Hahn MIB 19, Berk 50, SBCV 69, Morrisson BnF -, Ratto -, aF, weight 6.437 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 522 - 527 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS PP AV, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse large K (20 nummi), long cross left, star above, star below, B (2nd officina) right; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $29.00 (€25.52)
 


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On 23 February 532, Justinian I ordered the building of a new Orthodox Christian basilica in Constantinople - the Hagia Sophia. He selected Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles as architects. The material for the construction was brought from all over the empire, such as Hellenistic columns from the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, and large stones from quarries in porphyry from Egypt. More than 10,000 people were employed.
BB75635. Bronze follis, DOC I 28, Hahn MIB 84, SBCV 158, Sommer 4.14, aF, weight 16.944 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 527 - 532 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS PP AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse large M (40 nummi) between star and cross, cross above, officina number (obscure) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; $14.00 (€12.32)







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