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The joint rule with Tiberius II (his regent), 26 September 574 - 5 October 578 A.D. Justin II was selected by his uncle, Emperor Justinian, to be his successor. Justinian's successful restoration of former Imperial territory had been an enormous burden on the financial resources of the state and Justin was unable to hold the territory. A few years into Justin's reign most of Italy was lost to the Lombards and the Visigoths retook areas in Spain. On the Eastern frontier, he refused to pay tribute to the Sassanid ruler Khusru I resulting in a protracted war. The burdens of office took their toll on Justin and he began to show clear signs of insanity. In 574, Tiberius was appointed as his regent and Caesar. Nine days prior to Justin's death, Tiberius was promoted to Augustus and co-emperor.
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.BZ93505. Bronze follis, DOC I 123c, Wroth BMC 180, Ratto 881, Tolstoi 149, Hahn MIB II 50b, SBCV 372, Sommer 5.31, Morrisson BnF -, Choice gF, well centered on a broad flan, brown tone, some porosity, light deposits, tiny edge cracks, weight 12.903 g, maximum diameter 30.5 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, B (2nd officina) below, KYZ (Kyzikos) in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00
Nicomedia was the Roman metropolis of Bithynia. Diocletian made it the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire in 286 when he introduced the Tetrarchy system. Nicomedia remained as the eastern (and most senior) capital of the Roman Empire until co-emperor Licinius was defeated by Constantine the Great at the Battle of Chrysopolis in 324. Constantine resided mainly in Nicomedia as his interim capital for the next six years, until in 330 when he declared the nearby Byzantium (renamed Constantinople) the new capital. Constantine died in his royal villa in the vicinity of Nicomedia in 337. Due to its position at the convergence of the Asiatic roads leading to the new capital, Nicomedia retained its importance even after the foundation of Constantinople.BZ93509. Bronze pentanummium, DOC I 116, Sommer 5.30, Morrisson BnF 5/Ni/AE/41, Wroth BMC 425 (Justinian), Tolstoi 479 (same), Ratto 748 (same), SBCV 371, Sommer 5.30, aVF, squared flan, toned, die wear, marks, light corrosion, weight 2.571 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 15 Nov 565 - 5 Oct 578 A.D.; obverse IVΣTINOY KAI COΦIAC (Justin and Sophia) monogram ; reverse Large E (5 nummi), smaller N (Nikomedia) right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $40.00 SALE |PRICE| $36.00
On 22 August 565, St. Columba first reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.BZ93506. Bronze pentanummium, DOC I 60b, Morrisson BnF 5/Cp/AE/55, Tolstoi 475 (Justinian), Ratto 743 (Justinian), Wroth BMC 417 (Justinian), Hahn MIB 45, SBCV 363, F, well centered, rough/porous, ragged cracked flan, weight 2.193 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Nov 565 - 5 Oct 578; obverse IVΣTINOY KAI COΦIAC (Justin and Sophia) monogram ; reverse large E (5 nummi), smaller B (2nd officina) on right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $30.00 SALE |PRICE| $27.00
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