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Byzantine Nicomedia, Bithynia (498 - 627)

The Nicomedia mint reopenned after Anastasius' reform of 498 to assist in issuing the new denominations of copper coinage and closed in 627. Situated on the roads leading to the capital, Nicomedia was a major military base, important in the Byzantine campaigns against the Caliphate. By the 9th century much of the city, except for a hilltop citadel, was abandoned and in ruins. Nicomedia was twice blockaded by the Ottomans (in 1304 and 1330) before finally succumbing in 1337.

Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.

|Justin| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |II,| |15| |November| |565| |-| |5| |October| |578| |A.D.||follis|
Justin II was the nephew of Justinian, a son of Vigilantia and Dulcidio, Justinian's sister and brother-in-law. His siblings included Marcellus and Praejecta. With Sophia he had a daughter Arabia and possibly a son, Justus, who died young. He also had a niece named Helena.
BZ110065. Bronze follis, DOC I 97a, Morrisson BnF 5/Ni/AE/17, Wroth BMC 137, Hahn MIB 46b, Sommer 5.27, SBCV 369, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, Choice aVF, full border centering, nice green patina, a bit flatly struck, weight 13.178 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 571 - 572 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AV, Justin and Sophia, nimbate, enthroned facing, globus cruciger in his right, cruciform scepter in her right, cross between heads; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and ςI (regnal year 7), cross above, A (officina 1) below, NIKO in exergue; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

|Justinian| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |I,| |4| |April| |527| |-| |14| |November| |565| |A.D.||follis|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Justinian increase the weight of the follis, changed the traditional profile bust to a facing portrait and added the regnal date on the reverse. These massive coins must have given their users a solid assurance of value. HUGE COIN. This coin is an unusual example, minted with the smaller die of year 15, but with the larger flan used in years 12 - 14. Superb example. Ex Woolslayer collection.
SH08470. Bronze follis, DOC I 120a, Wroth BMC 195, Morrisson BnF I 4/Ni/AE/19, Tolstoi 176, Ratto 588, Hahn MIB I 113a, SBCV 201, Sommer 4.65, aEF/gVF, full circles strike on huge flan, weight 21.090 g, maximum diameter 41.2 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 541 - 542 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger (cross on orb) in right, shield with horseman device on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O left and X/U right (regnal year 15), cross above, A (1st officina) below, NIKO (Nicomedia) in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

|Justinian| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |I,| |4| |April| |527| |-| |14| |November| |565| |A.D.||follis|
The normal mintmark for this type is NIK. NIKM was used on the previous undated issue.
SH82800. Bronze follis, Hahn MIB 112B (1 spec.), SBCV 201, DOC I -, Wroth BMC -, Morrisson BnF -, Sommer -, Ratto -, Tolstoi -, gVF, attractive, nicely centered on a huge flan, cut on obverse, weight 22.026 g, maximum diameter 40.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 538 - 539 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger (cross on orb) in right, shield with horseman device on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, A/N/N/O (year) in column left, X/II (12) in two lines right, B (2nd officina) below, NIKM in exergue; very rare; SOLD







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