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Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.
Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. In 74 B.C. allied with Rome, it withstood a siege by 300,000 men led by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, Cyzicus was made the capital of Mysia, and afterward of Hellespontus. Gallienus opened an imperial mint at Cyzicus, which continued to strike coins well into the Byzantine era.
BZ57476. Bronze follis
, DOC I
123a, Hahn MIB II
50b, Morrisson BnF
878 - 880, Wroth BMC
177 - 179, SBCV
aEF, 1st officina
, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, weight
12.765g, maximum diameter
32.5mm, die axis
, 574 - 575 A.D.; obverse
D N IVSTINVS P P AV, Justin II (on left) and Sophia seated facing on double throne, both nimbate
, he holds a globus cruciger
, she holds a cruciform scepter
above center, wavy line below feet; reverse
large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and X (year 10), cross
above, A below, KYZ (Cyzicus) in exergue
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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