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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Justinian Dynasty| > |Justinian I| > SH82812
Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.
The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity," for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.6th Century Antioch
SH82812. Bronze follis, SBCV 219, Choice gVF, 5th officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, weight 22.447g, maximum diameter 39.3mm, die axis 165o, 542 - 543 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing holding globus cruciger in right, shield decorated with horseman on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse large mark of value M, between A/N/N/O left and X/ς right (regnal year 16), cross above, officina symbol E (5th officina) below, CHEuPO in exergue; attractive huge bronze; scarce; SOLD










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Byzantine Antioch