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Anastasius I, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.

After Zeno died without designating a successor, the Empress Ariadne was called upon to select a new emperor. Her choice was an obscure but successful finance civil servant, Anastasius. She made a wise choice. Anastasius ruled successfully for 27 years. His financial expertise resulted in the accumulation of 320,000 pounds of gold! He also restructured the currency system, creating the nummus unit of account and the follis of 40 nummi. Because of the dramatic changes, Anastasius' reform in 498 A.D. is often seen by numismatists as the end of Roman coinage and the beginning of Byzantine coinage. The people of the Empire didn't see it that way and continued to call themselves Romans until the fall of Constantinople on 29 May 1453. Map 500 AD

|Anastasius| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Anastasius,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.|, |solidus|
In 498, Anastasius abolished the tax known as the chrysargyron. The tax applied to all merchants, money-lenders, craftsmen, and others who received fees for their work, including prostitutes. The only exemptions were physicians, teachers, and farmers selling their own produce. Because it was collected in one lump sum only once every four years, the tax caused great hardships. Parents were sometimes forced to sell their children into slavery or prostitution to meet the levy. The city of Edessa, which was relieved of a tax of 140 pounds of gold every four years (2,520 solidi annually), celebrated with a week of festivities.
SH62360. Gold solidus, DOC I 7e, Wroth BMC 4, Tolstoi 5, Ratto 316, Hahn MIB I 7, SBCV 5, aEF, weak centers, weight 4.468 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 498 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holding spear and shield decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG E (victory of the three emperors, 5th officina), Victory standing left holding cross topped with inverted P, star left, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


|Anastasius| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Anastasius,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.|, |solidus|
SH12102. Gold solidus, SBCV 5, Choice EF, weight 4.492 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, 9th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 498 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holding spear and shield decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG Θ (victory of the three emperors, 9th officina), Victory standing left holding cross topped with inverted P, star left, CONOB in exergue; a touch flat on the forehead but with mint luster in fields and a wonderful reverse; SOLD


Anastasius, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.

|Anastasius| |I|, |Anastasius,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.|, |solidus|
SH19042. Gold solidus, SBCV 3, DOC I 3a, aEF, weight 4.480 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 491 - 498 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holds spear and shield; reverse VICTORI-A AVCCC A CONOB, Victory stands facing, head left, holds long jeweled cross which rests on ground, star right; nice strike, nice coin; SOLD










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