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

Joint rule with Justin I (his uncle), 4 April - 1 August 527 A.D.
Justinian I served his uncle, Emperor Justin I, throughout his reign formulating most imperial policy. Recognizing his brilliance, he was rapidly promoted and in the final months of Justin's reign, he was made co-emperor. Justinian's sole rule began on 1 August 527 and lasted almost four decades during which he re-conquered much of the empire lost during the preceding century, including North Africa, Italy, and parts of Spain. He is well known for his codification of the legal system. His grand scale building program included St Sophia, which still stands as the centerpiece of modern Istanbul. Unfortunately, his ambitious efforts strained the empire's resources and depleted the treasure built by Anastasius. Most of the territory he gained was lost shortly after his death.
Byzantine Empire under Justinian 550 AD


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

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Justinian increased the weight of the follis, changed the traditional profile bust to a facing portrait and added the regnal date on the reverse. These massive coins must have given their users a solid assurance of value.
BZ82685. Bronze follis, DOC I 117a, Morrisson BnF I 4/Ni/AE/12, Wroth BMC 190, Sommer 4.64.2, Tolstoi 171, Ratto 584, SBCV 201, Hahn MIB I 114, Berk 228, Choice gF, dark brown patina, nicely centered on a huge flan, weight 22.322 g, maximum diameter 44.4 mm, die axis 195o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 539 - 540 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, globus cruciger (cross on orb) in right hand, shield ornamented with horseman on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse large M (40 nummi), A/N/N/O left, X/II/I right (regnal year 13), cross above, A (1st officina) below, NIK in exergue; from an American collector, ex Rudnik Numismatics (San Jose, CA); $120.00 (€102.00)
 


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

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In 562, General Belisarius was found guilty of corruption and imprisoned. Not long after, Justinian pardoned him, ordered his release, and restored him to favor at the imperial court.
BZ86779. Bronze follis, DOC I 41d, SBCV 163, Sommer 4.20, Wroth BMC 57, Ratto 515, Tolstoi 114, Hahn MIB I 95a, Morrisson BnF I 4/Cp/AE/67 var. (4th officina not listed), Choice aVF, well centered, dark green patina, weight 19.888 g, maximum diameter 37.1 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 561 - 562 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, helmet with crest, diadem and pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand, shield ornamented with a horseman on left arm, cross right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, ANNO left, regnal year X/UI (year 16) right, ∆ below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; $100.00 (€85.00)
 


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In 562, Belisarius stood trial for corruption in Constantinople, possibly with Procopius acting as praefectus urbi. He was found guilty and sent to prison.
BZ67007. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 353 (Ravenna), Wroth BMC 407 (Ravenna), SBCV 326 (Ravenna), Hahn MIB I 29a (Rome), Sommer 4.155 (Rome), Ratto -, F, nice green patina, weight 2.846 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 180o, Ravenna or Rome mint, 562 - 563 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger in right, shield in left; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO left, XX/XVI (regnal year 36) right, all within wreath, no mintmark; $40.00 (€34.00)
 







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