Lot of 2 Choice Fine Byzantine Folles with Nice Patinas - Anastasius and Justinian I
Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.
Anastasius I, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D., Follis, 15.949g, 35.3mm, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey), struck 498 - 518 A.D., DOC I 23a, Hahn MIB I 27, SBCV 19.
Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D., Follis, 16.510g, 29.7mm, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey), struck 527 - 538 A.D., DOC I 29, Hahn MIBE 87, SBCV 159.LT84638. Bronze follis, Choice Fine, dark patinas with earthen highlighting, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, star or cross left and right, officina below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue;
$180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00
In May 540, the Byzantine general Belisarius conquered Mediolanum and the Gothic capital Ravenna. The Gothic king Vitiges and his wife Matasuntha were taken as captives to Constantinople. Vitiges later died there, without any children. After his death, Matasuntha married the patrician Germanus Justinus, a nephew of Justinian I by his sister Vigilantia.SH71737. Bronze follis, DOC I 40b, Morrisson BnF 4/Cp/AE/60, Wroth BMC 58, Tolstoi 107, Ratto 507, Hahn MIBE 95a, SBCV 163, Sommer 4.20, Choice gVF, full circles strike on a huge flan, nice green patina, weight 23.632 g, maximum diameter 39.4 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 541 - 542 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS PP AVI, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right, shield on left ornamented with horseman, cross right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, ANNO left, XY (regnal year 15) right, B (officina 2) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue;
$150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00Byzantine Empire, Justin I and Justinian I, 4 April - 1 August 527 A.D.
During Justin's reign (518–527), Justinian was the emperor's close confidant and was probably acting as a regent long before Justin made him co-emperor on 1 April 527. Justinian was appointed consul in 521 and later commander of the army of the east. As Justin became senile near the end of his reign, Justinian became the de facto ruler. Upon Justin's death on 1 August 527, Justinian became the sole sovereign.BZ83458. Bronze follis, DOC I 10b, Morrisson BnF 3/Cp/AE/1, Berk 112, SBCV 125, Hahn MIB I 4, Sommer 3.5, Wroth BMC 7 var. (P vice PP), Tolstoi 144 var. (same), Ratto -, F, irregular flan, large flan crack/flaw, weight 14.590 g, maximum diameter 34.4 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople mint, 4 Apr - 1 Aug 527 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTIN ET IVSTINIAN P P AVΓ, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justin right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, six-pointed star left, cross right, B (2nd officina) below, CON (Constantinope) in exergue; rare;
$125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00
Justinian's sole rule lasted almost four decades. He re-conquered North Africa, Italy, and parts of Spain, codified the legal system and built St. Sophia. Unfortunately, most of his territory gains were lost shortly after his death.BZ77952. Bronze follis, DOC I 38a, Wroth BMC 47, Morrisson 4/Cp/AE/36, Tolstoi 97, Ratto 498, Sommer 4.20.4, Hahn MIB 95a, SBCV 163, F, rough, pit on reverse, weight 19.560 g, maximum diameter 41.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 539 - 540 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS PP AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right, shield on left, cross right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, ANNO left, regnal year X/III (regnal year 13) right, A (1st officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue;
$80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
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 PP 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;
$55.00 SALE PRICE $49.50
BZ75996. Bronze decanummium, imitative; for prototype, see DOC I 158 (Byzantine official, Nikomedia mint, 561 - 562 A.D.), F, green patina, weight 1.813 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, c. 562 - 580 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large I surmounted by a cross between ANNO and X/XX/U (or similar), NIK in exergue;
$45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50
In spring 593, Priscus, commander-in-chief in Thrace, defeated the Slavic tribes and Gepids on Byzantine territory south of the Danube. He crossed the river to fight in the uncharted swamps and forests of modern-day Wallachia. In autumn, Maurice ordered Priscus to spend the winter with his troops on the northern Danube bank, but he disobeyed the emperor's order and retreated to the port city of Odessus (Varna) on the Black Sea Coast.BZ77956. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 266, Wroth BMC 338, Tolstoi 442, Sommer 7.107, Hahn MIB 160a, SBCV 239, Morrisson BnF - (p. 99, refs. Wroth), Ratto -, F, uneven strike, obverse off-center, corrosion, weight 2.727 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 135o, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 563 - 564 A.D.; obverse [...] - ΛOSLE (blundered nonsense), helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, helmet with plum, diadem and trefoil ornament, globus cruciger in right hand, shield with horseman ornamentation on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse large I (10 nummi), between A/N/N/O and X/X/X/UII (year 37), cross above, THEUP (Theoupolis) in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren;
$34.00 SALE PRICE $30.60
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