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

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.

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.||tremissis|
Justin I and Justin II both issued this type. The two issues are distinguished by style. The style of the Justin II coins is more schematic and cartoon like.
SH112685. Gold tremissis, DOC I 14, Wroth BMC 24, Tolstoi 22, Ratto 765, Sommer 5.7.1, Hahn MIB II 11a, SBCV 353, Morrisson BnF 5/Cp/AV/12, Choice aEF, broad flan with full borders, scratches, weight 1.475 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Nov 565 - 5 Oct 578 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTORI (the victory of the Emperor), Victory standing facing, wreath in right hand and globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Savoca Coins auction 93 (17 Jan 2021), lot 609 (listed as Justin I); $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00 ON RESERVE


Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.

|Justin| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |II,| |10| |July| |685| |-| |Late| |695| |and| |Summer| |705| |-| |4| |November| |711| |A.D.||follis|
Justinian II took the throne at the young age of sixteen. He achieved a peace treaty with the Arabs early in his reign and was able to make progress on the Balkan troubles. He was the first of the Byzantine emperors to put the likeness of Christ on his coinage. After ten years of rule, he was overthrown by the general Leontius; his tongue and nose were slit and he was exiled. In 705, Justinian II returned to Constantinople with an army of Bulgars and Slavs. He gained entrance to the city by climbing through an aqueduct pipe and with the advantage of surprise regained his throne. Both Leontius and Tiberius (who succeeded Leontius) were dragged through the streets in chains and beheaded. His revenge soon developed into a reign of terror. A rebellion started in the army and the general Bardanes was named Emperor. Justinian II and his son, Tiberius, age 6, were put to death.
BZ112815. Bronze follis, Anastasi 359, SBCV 1300, DOC II-2 60, Hahn MIB 69, Calciati MBBS 50, Spahr 221, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, Tolstoi -, gVF, nice green patina, weight 3.870 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse (Sicily, Italy) mint, 1st reign, 685 - 695 A.D.; obverse Justinian II standing facing, bearded, wearing crown and loros, large cross potent on two steps in right, globus cruciger in left; reverse large M (40 nummi), monogram above, star below, SCL in exergue; scarce; $230.00 SALE PRICE $207.00


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.||decanummium|
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.
BZ110607. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 200, Morrisson BnF 5/CT/AE/19, Wroth BMC 271, Sommer 5.59, Hahn MIBEC 80a, SBCV 400, Tolstoi 245, Ratto 912, VF, overstruck on an earlier Carthage mint bronze of Justinian, porous, weight 5.241 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 572 - 573/8 A.D.; obverse D N IV N SO (or similar), facing busts of Justin, on left, helmeted and cuirassed, and Sophia, on right, wearing crown and tunic, cross above between their heads, VITA in exergue; reverse Large I between N M (10 nummi) ; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


|Justin| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |II,| |15| |November| |565| |-| |5| |October| |578| |A.D.||pentanummium|
On 22 August 565, St. Columba first reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.
BZ111189. 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, VF, well centered, highlighting red earthen deposits, ragged edge, weight 1.773 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 225o, 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 Michael Arslan Collection; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


|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.
BZ99040. Bronze follis, DOC I 97a, Morrisson BnF 5/Ni/AE/17, Wroth BMC 137, Hahn MIB 46b, Sommer 5.27, SBCV 369, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, gVF, nice green patina, uneven strike, edge ragged with small edge splits, weight 12.801 g, maximum diameter 29.8 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, 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|
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.
BZ111684. Bronze follis, DOC I 95b, Wroth BMC 133, Morrisson BnF 5/Ni/AE/10, Ratto 848, Tolstoi 117, Hahn MIB 46a, Sommer 5.26.2, SBCV 369, F, dark brown patina, weight 13.023 g, maximum diameter 29.3 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 569 - 570 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, no cross above center; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and u (regnal year 5), cross above, B below, NIKO in exergue; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


|Justin| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |II,| |15| |November| |565| |-| |5| |October| |578| |A.D.||follis|
In 575, the Kingdom of East Anglia was founded by the Angle groups "North Folk" and "South Folk," naming the places of Norfolk and Suffolk, respectively.
BZ112218. Bronze follis, DOC I 101a151, Wroth BMC 151, Hahn MIB 46a, SBCV 369, Sommer 5.26, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, Morrisson BnF -, VF, nice green patina, full border centering, some areas of weak strike, light earthen deposits, small edge splits, weight 12.863 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 575 - 576 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AV, Justin II (on left) and Sophia (on right) seated side-by-side facing on a double throne, both are nimbate, he holds a globus cruciger, she holds a cruciform scepter, cross between heads; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and XI (year 11), cross above, A (1st officina) below, NIKO (Nicomedia) in exergue; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


|Justin| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |II,| |15| |November| |565| |-| |5| |October| |578| |A.D.||follis|
In 572, the Byzantine Empire was at war with Persia and was attacked by the Visigoths from Spain.
BZ97796. Bronze follis, DOC I 152b, Wroth BMC 197, Morrisson BnF 5/An/AE/02, Sommer 5.38.2, SBCV 379, Tolstoi 159, Ratto 895, Hahn MIB II -, F, dark brown patina, attractive highlighting colorful earthen deposits, weight 15.036 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 571 - 572 A.D.; obverse Justin II seated on left and Sophia seated on right facing on double throne, both are nimbate, holding together large cross on globe, blundered nonsense legend; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and u/II (year 7), cross above, Γ (3rd officina) below, THEUP' in exergue; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00







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