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


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

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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, Hahn MIB II 50b, Morrisson BnF 10-14, Ratto 878 - 880, Wroth BMC 177 - 179, SBCV 372, 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 below, KYZ (Cyzicus) in exergue; SOLD


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

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Coins of year 12 - 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 users a solid assurance of value.
SH32483. Bronze follis, DOC I 165a, SBCV 207, VF, weight 21.618 g, maximum diameter 41.0 mm, die axis 345o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 539 - 540 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/II/I right, A (officina 1) below, KYZ (Cyzicus) in exergue; huge coin; SOLD







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