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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 10-14, Ratto 878 - 880, Wroth BMC 177 - 179, SBCV 372, Choice aEF, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, weight 12.765g, maximum diameter 32.5mm, die axis 180o
, 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, cross 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; SOLD
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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