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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.
In 529, Justinian I closed down the philosophical schools in Athens; the impact on the city is much debated, but is generally taken to mark the end of the ancient history of Athens. BZ88956. Bronze follis, DOC I 206a, Wroth BMC 277, Tolstoi 247, Ratto 648, Morrisson BnF I 4/An/AE/2, Hahn MIB I 130, SBCV 214, Sommer 4.81, VF, choiceobverse, scratches, weight 17.165 g, maximum diameter 34.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 529 - 533 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG, Justinian enthroned facing holding long scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, star left, crescent right, A (officina letter) below, + THEuP in exergue; ex Ephesus Numismatics; scarce; $200.00 (€170.00) ON RESERVE
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 cuirassedbust 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; $36.00 (€30.60)
They look similar, but there is a significant physical difference between angels and Victory. Angels are all male. Victory (Nike) is female. On Byzantine coinage, the male angel replaced the female Victory after the reunion with Rome was concluded on 28 March 519 A.D.SH10977. Gold solidus, DOC I 7 (Constantinople), Hahn MIB 22, SBCV 138 (note), EF, mint luster, weight 3.999 g, maximum diameter 20.25 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted, diademed and cuirassedbust facing, globus in right, shield on left arm decorated with horseman; reverseVICTORIA AVGGG (victory of the three emperors) (no officina letter), angel standing facing in tunic and pallium, long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Tom Cederlind; very rare; SOLD
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