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

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In 567, The Second Council of Tours issued a decree that any cleric found in bed with his wife will be excommunicated.
BZ83494. Bronze pentanummium, SBCV 375, DOC I 137, Sommer 5.36, Morrisson BnF 29, Wroth BMC Justinian 423, Tolstoi Justinian 478, Ratto Justinian 746, Ratto Justinian 746, Choice VF, small edge splits, scratches, weight 2.152 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, die axis 0o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 567 - 578; obverse IYΣTINAI KAI ΣOΦIAΣ (Justin and Sophia) monogram ; reverse large E (5 nummi), smaller K (Kyzicus) right; scarce; $80.00 (Ä71.20)


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

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In 567, The Second Council of Tours issued a decree that any cleric found in bed with his wife will be excommunicated.
BZ69552. Bronze pentanummium, SBCV 375, DOC I 137, Sommer 5.36, Morrisson BnF 29, Wroth BMC Justinian 423, Tolstoi Justinian 478, Ratto Justinian 746, Ratto Justinian 746, VF, weight 2.152 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, die axis 180o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 567 - 578; obverse IYΣTINAI KAI ΣOΦIAΣ (Justin and Sophia) monogram ; reverse large E (5 nummi), smaller K (Kyzicus) right; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; $40.00 (Ä35.60)


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

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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 PP 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 (Cyzicus) in exergue; huge 36 mm bronze; SOLD







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