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Byzantine Coins of the Justinian Dynasty
Byzantine Empire, Justin I, 10 July 518 - 1 August 527 A.D.

|Justin| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |I,| |10| |July| |518| |-| |1| |August| |527| |A.D.||tremissis|
Of Macedonian peasant origin, Justin I rose through the ranks of the military and was proclaimed emperor by the army on 10 July 518 A.D. He was uneducated, but intelligent enough to rely upon the policy advice of his brilliant nephew, Justinian I.
SH112686. Gold tremissis, Morrisson BnF I 2/Cp/AV/17 (also M resembling H), DOC I 4, Wroth BMC 11-12, Tolstoi 19-20, Ratto 388, Hahn MIB I 5, SBCV 58, Sommer 2.4, VF, centered on a small flan, trace deposits, light scratches, weight 0.986 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 491 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A graffito in right field; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTORH (the victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Obolos auction 20 (3 Oct. 2021), lot 1352; $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius III Apsimar, Late 698 - Summer 705 A.D.

|Tiberius| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Tiberius| |III| |Apsimar,| |Late| |698| |-| |Summer| |705| |A.D.||follis|
All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.
SL111842. Bronze follis, Anastasi 337, DOC II-2 32, Spahr 271, Tolstoi 60, Hahn MIB 79b, SBCV 1395, Sommer -, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, NGC AU, strike 4/5, surface 3/5 (6057928-005), weight 3.57 g, maximum diameter c. 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse (Sicily, Italy) mint, late 698 - summer 705 A.D.; obverse no legend, bust of Tiberius III facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, spear diagonally before body in right, shield ornamented with horseman on left shoulder, star left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two palm fronds, Tiberius' monogram above, SCL in exergue; ex Heritage auction 232305 (1 Feb 2023), lot 61247 (part of); NGC| Lookup; rare; $240.00 SALE PRICE $216.00


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


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|NEW
Folles of years 12, 13, and 14, as is this coin, are highly valued because they are larger and of better style than most later examples. These massive coins must have given their ancient users a solid assurance of value.
BZ112943. Bronze follis, DOC I 38a, Wroth BMC 46, Morrisson BnF I 4/Cp/AE/36, Tolstoi 96, Ratto 497, Hahn MIB I 95a, Sommer 4.20, SBCV 163, F, large flan, green patina, porosity, weight 20.644 g, maximum diameter 39.4 mm, die axis 210o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 539 - 540 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), cross above, ANNO left, X/III (year 13) right, A (1st officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; huge 39 mm coin!; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


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.||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


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

|Maurice| |Tiberius|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Maurice| |Tiberius,| |13| |August| |582| |-| |22| |November| |602| |A.D.||follis|
The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity, for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Antioch was renamed Theoupolis after it was nearly destroyed by an earthquake on 29 November 528. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.6th Century Antioch
BZ98870. Bronze follis, DOC I 162a (not in the collection), Morrisson BnF 7/An/AE/26, Wroth BMC 169, SBCV 533, Sommer 7.63, Hahn MIB 96C, Ratto -, VF, nice green patina, uneven strike with weak areas, weight 12.421 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch as Theoupolis (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 591 - 592 A.D.; obverse d N MAUΓICN P AUT (or similar), bust facing, crown with trefoil ornament, consular robes, mappa in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter in left hand; reverse large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and X (regnal year 10), cross above, A (1st officina) below, THEUP' 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|
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 I, 10 July 518 - 1 August 527 A.D.

|Justin| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |I,| |10| |July| |518| |-| |1| |August| |527| |A.D.||half| |follis|
Of Macedonian peasant origin, Justin I rose through the ranks of the military and was proclaimed emperor by the army on 10 July 518 A.D. He was uneducated, but intelligent enough to rely upon the policy advice of his brilliant nephew, Justinian I.
BZ110708. Bronze half follis, DOC I 34a, Ratto 421, Sommer 2.33, Hahn MIB I 42A, SBCV 90, Wroth BMC 60 var. (2nd officina), Morrisson BnF -, Tolstoi -, F, well centered, brown tone, small edge splits, perhaps a water find, weight 7.864 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 518 - 527 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS PP AVC, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large K (20 nummi), long cross between N and I (Nicomedia) left, A (1st officina) right; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


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

|Focas|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Focas,| |23| |November| |602| |-| |5| |October| |610| |A.D.||half| |follis|
The last recorded act of the Senate of the Western Roman Empire in Rome was to acclaimed new statues of Emperor Phocas and Empress Leontia in 603. 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.
BZ111683. Bronze half follis, DOC II-1 79a, Morrisson BnF 8/Cy/AE/10, Ratto 1239, Wroth BMC 98, Tolstoi 105, Hahn MIB II 79, Sommer 9.52, SBCV 670, weight 5.545 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 603 - 604 A.D.; obverse m FOCA PERP AVG, crowned bust facing, wearing consular robes, mappa in right hand, cross in left hand; reverse large XX (20 nummi), cross above, II right, KYZA in exergue; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00




  







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