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Byzantine Cyzicus, Mysia (518 - 629)

The mint at Cyzicus reopened during the reign of Justin I, c. 518, and closed c. 629. The city was captured temporarily by the Arabs in 675. It appears to have been ruined by a series of earthquakes, the first in 443 and the last in 1063. It was largely deserted as early as the eleventh century.

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

|Focas|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Focas,| |23| |November| |602| |-| |5| |October| |610| |A.D.||follis|
In 608, A.D., Heraclius the Elder, exarch of Africa, and his son (also named Heraclius) revolted against Phocas, whose regime in Constantinople had become unpopular and violent. Syria and Palaestina Prima joined the revolt. On 4 October 610, Heraclius arrived at Constantinople with his fleet. Phocas was killed by a mob on the following day.
BZ93519. Bronze follis, Morrisson BnF 8/Cy/AE/5; SBCV 665; DOC II.1, 72a var. (II/II yr.); Wroth BMC 87 var. (same); Hahn MIB II 76 var. (same); Ratto 1235 var. (same), aVF, scratches in fields, minor deposits, weight 12.148 g, maximum diameter 29.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 605 - 606 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS - PERP AVC, bust facing, wearing consular robes and crown with cross and pendilia, mappa in right hand, cross in left hand, small cross in left field; reverse XXXX (40 nummi), ANNO (year) above, IIII (4) in one line on right, KYZA in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $80.00 (65.60)


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|
Justinian's sole rule lasted almost four decades during which he re-conquered N. Africa, Italy, and parts of Spain, codified the legal system, and built St. Sophia. Unfortunately, he depleted the treasure built by Anastasius and most of his territory gains were lost shortly after his death.
BZ84928. Bronze follis, DOC I 173a, Tolstoi 221, Ratto 630, Wroth BMC 248, Sommer 4.74, Hahn MIB I 120a, SBCV 207, Morrisson BnF I -, Choice gVF, well centered on a broad flan, dark patina with earthen highlighting, slight double strike, edge crack, weight 20.345 g, maximum diameter 36.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 547 - 548 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left hand, to right cross; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, A/N/N/O left, regnal year X/X/I right, A (officina 1) below, KYZ (Kyzikos) in exergue; huge 36 mm bronze; SOLD


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|
Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. In 74 B.C. allied with Rome, it withstood a siege by 300,000 men led by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, Cyzicus was made the capital of Mysia, and afterward of Hellespontus. Gallienus opened an imperial mint at Cyzicus, which continued to strike coins well into the Byzantine era.
BZ57476. Bronze follis, DOC I 123a, Morrisson BnF 5/Cy/AE/10, Wroth BMC 177, Ratto 878, Tolstoi 128, Hahn MIB II 50b, SBCV 372, Sommer 5.31, Choice aEF, weight 12.765 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 574 - 575 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AV, Justin II (on left) and Sophia seated facing on double throne, both nimbate, he holds a globus cruciger, she holds a cruciform scepter, cross above center, wavy line below feet; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and X (year 10), cross above, A (1st officina) below, KYZ (Kyzikos) in exergue; SOLD







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