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Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.
Justin was unable to hold the territory Justinian had restored. Most of Italy and parts of Spain were quickly lost to the Lombards and Visigoths. Refusal to pay tribute to the Sassanids, resulted in protracted war. The burdens of office drove him insane and his successor was regent for the last four years of his reign.
SH90893. Gold solidus
, Hahn MIB II
347A (Constantinople, but Alexandria
noted as a possibility), Berk
63, DOC I
-, aEF, small marks and scratches, Alexandria
4.473g, maximum diameter
20.6mm, die axis
, c. 567 - 578 A.D.; obverse
D N I-VSTI-NVS P P AVG, facing helmeted and cuirassed bust
on globe in right, shield
on left arm; reverse
VICTORI-A AVCCC I, Constantinopolis
enthroned facing, head
right, long scepter
in right hand, globus cruciger
in left hand, staurogram
ē in exergue
; ex Heritage auction 3020 (6 Sep 2012), lot 25312; ex Nudelman Numismatica 10 (13 Jun 2011), lot 53; very rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
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