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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, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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In 603, the senate acclaimed the statues of emperor Phocas and empress Leontia. This trivial event was the last ever mention of the Roman Senate in the Gregorian Register. The institution must have vanished by 630 when the Curia was transformed into a church by Pope Honorius I. The Senate at Constantinople continued to exist in the Eastern Roman Empire's capital until at least the mid-14th century when the ancient institution finally vanished from history.
BZ37473. Bronze half follis, Ratto 1231; DOC II part 1, 63a (not in the collection, refs. Ratto); Tolstoi 98 (no officina) Hahn MIB 73a; SBCV 663; Sommer 9.42; Morrisson BnF -, EF, weight 6.657 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 603 - 604 A.D.; obverse d N FOCA PER AVG, crowned bust facing, wearing consular robes, mappa in right hand, cross in left hand; reverse large XX (20 nummi), cross above, II (year 2) right, NIKOA in exergue; SOLD


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

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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.

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Justinian increased 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.
SH82800. Bronze follis, DOC I 118a, SBCV 201, gVF, 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), A/N/N/O left, X/II right (regnal year 12), cross above, B (2nd officina) below, NIK in exergue; attractive, nicely centered on a huge flan; SOLD


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

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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.
BZ85014. Bronze half follis, DOC I 140, Wroth BMC 221, Tolstoi 343, Ratto 606, Hahn MIBE 116a.1, Sommer 4.68, SBCV 203, Morrisson BnF -, Choice EF, bold full-circles strike on a broad flan, weight 11.596 g, maximum diameter 31.7 mm, die axis 195o, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 538 - 539 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left hand decorated with horseman right brandishing spear, cross right; reverse large K (20 nummi), cross above, ANNO left, XII (year 12) right, NI below; SOLD


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

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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.
BZ85020. Bronze follis, DOC I 130b, Tolstoi 191, Morrisson BnF 4/Ni/AE/27, Hahn MIB I 113a, Sommer 4.65, SBCV 201, Wroth BMC-, Ratto -, Choice gVF, bold full circles strike, weight 17.479 g, maximum diameter 34.9 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 550 - 551 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; A/N/N/O left; X/X/II/II right (regnal year 24), cross above, B (2nd officina) below, NIKO in exergue; big 35 mm bronze; SOLD


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

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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.
SH50052. Bronze follis, DOC I 120b, Wroth BMC 197, Tolstoi 177, Ratto 589, Hahn MIB I 113a, SBCV 201, Sommer 4.65, Morrisson BnF -, Choice VF, full circle strike on a huge flan, weight 22.147 g, maximum diameter 43.8 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Nikomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 541 - 542 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, helmet with plum and pendilia, globus cruciger in right, shield decorated with a horseman brandishing a spear, cross right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, ANNO left, Xu (year 15) right, B (2nd officina) below, NIKO (Nicomedia) in exergue; SOLD


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

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Justinian increased 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.
SH82609. Bronze follis, DOC I 118a, SBCV 201, Choice VF, weight 21.372 g, maximum diameter 41.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 540 - 541 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), A/N/N/O left, X/II/II right (regnal year 14), cross above, A (1st officina) below, NIK in exergue; very broad 41 mm flan; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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BZ36408. Bronze follis, DOC II part 1, 58b; SBCV 659, aEF, overstruck, weight 11.842 g, maximum diameter 31.9 mm, die axis 225o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 606 - 607 A.D.; obverse Dm FOCA PER AVG, bust facing, wearing crown with pendilia and consular robes, holding mappa in right and cross in left hand; reverse XXXX (40 nummi), ANNO above, NIKOB below, U (regnal year 5) right; scarce; SOLD


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

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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.
SH82819. Bronze follis, DOC I 115a, Morrisson BnF I 4/Ni/AE/8, Wroth BMC 186, Tolstoi 168, Ratto 581, Hahn MIB I 113a, Sommer 4.65, SBCV 201, Choice VF, full circle strike on an astounding 46 mm flan, face not fully struck, scratch, weight 23.076 g, maximum diameter 46.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nikomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 538 - 539 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right, shield decorated with a horseman brandishing a spear, cross right; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and XII (regnal year 12), staurogram (Rho-cross) above, A (1st officina) below, NIKO (Nicomedia) in exergue; SOLD


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

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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.
BZ84947. Bronze follis, DOC I 96a.1, Wroth BMC 134, Tolstoi 118, Ratto 849, Morrisson BnF 5/Ni/AE/11, Hahn MIB 46b, Sommer 5.27, SBCV 369, gVF, green patina, reverse off center, corrosion with minor pitting, shallow cut reverse right, weight 14.387 g, maximum diameter 32.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 570 - 571 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AV, Justin II seated on left and Sophia seated on right, both nimbate and facing on double throne, he holds a globus cruciger, she holds a cruciform scepter, cross above center; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and G (regnal year 6), cross above, A below, NIKO in exergue; SOLD




  




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