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

|Justin| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |I,| |4| |April| |527| |-| |14| |November| |565| |A.D.||follis|NEW
Under Justinian Nicomedia was extended with new public buildings. Situated on the roads leading to the capital, the city remained a major military center, playing an important role in the Byzantine campaigns against the Caliphate.
BZ99093. Bronze follis, DOC I 127b, Wroth BMC 208, Morrisson BnF 4/Ni/AE/26, Tolstoi 187, Ratto 598, Hahn MIB I 113a.21B, Sommer 4.65.3, SBCV 201, aVF, maroon and green patina, earthen deposits on reverse, holed in antiquity, weight 18.847 g, maximum diameter 35.6 mm, die axis 225o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 547 - 548 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, cross above, A/N/N/O (year) in column left; X/X/I (21) in column right, B (2nd officina) below, NIKO (Nicomedia) in exergue; from the Robert Wachter Collection, big 35.6mm bronze!; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00 ON RESERVE


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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