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Byzantine Thessalonica, Greece

When Anastasius became emperor the once vast number of Roman mints had been reduced to only two: Constantinople and Thessalonica. Thessalonica did not strike Byzantine copper coinage until the reign of Justin I. The mint closed about 630 but opened again under Alexius I (1081 - 1118) and operated until the 14th century for various despotates, kingdoms and empires that took the city as their capital. In 1423, Despot Andronicus, ceded Thessalonic to the Republic of Venice to protect it from the Ottomans who were besieging the city. The Venetians held Thessaloniki until it was captured by the Ottoman Sultan Murad II on 29 March 1430.


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

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Most references list this type with ΘC above for some other years but only ΦC above for years 12 and 13. Wroth notes that the meaning of these letters is uncertain but ΘC may abbreviate Θεος (God) and ΦC perhaps abbreviates Φως (light).
BZ69548. Bronze half-follis, Jerash 438, Hahn MIB II 70e (refs Jerash), DOC I 84.1 var. (Φ vice Θ), Wroth BMC 122 var. (same), Sommer 5.22 var. (same), SBCV 366, VF, green patina, obverse off-center, weight 6.511 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 576 - 577 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P, Justin (left) and Sophia seated facing on double throne, both nimbate, he holds globus cruciger, she a cruciform scepter; reverse large K (20 nummi) between ANNO and XII (year 12), + over ΘC above, TES below; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; very rare variety; $80.00 (Ä71.20)


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

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BZ66859. Bronze 8 nummi, cf. SBCV 189, DOC I 100a, Morrisson BnF I 10, Hahn MIB I 174, Tolstoi 493, Ratto -, VF, weight 3.559 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, obverse D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large H between smaller A and P, cross(?) above; rare; SOLD


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

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BZ62378. Bronze 16 nummi, DOC I 98a, Sommer 4.38 (542 - 547 A.D.), Morrisson BnF I 4 (527 - 538 A.D.), Hahn MIB I 169a, SBCV 175, Wroth BMC -, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, VF, weight 6.890 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 527 - 562 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large I and smaller S (16 nummi), cross above, flanked by smaller A left and P right, TES in exergue; scarce; SOLD







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