, 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 , 10b, 3/Cp/AE/1, 112, 125, 4, 3.5, 7 var. (P vice PP), 144 var. (same), -, F, , large crack/flaw, 14.590 g, maximum 34.4 mm, 180o, 2nd , Constantinople mint, 4 Apr - 1 Aug 527 A.D.; D N IVSTIN ET IVSTINIAN P P AVΓ, diademed, draped and of Justin right; large M (40 nummi), above, six-pointed left, right, B (2nd ) below, CON (Constantinope) in ; ; $125.00 (€111.25)
This tiny bronze from Antioch is the last coin to depict the by Eutychides and, indeed, it is the last ancient coin to depict any classical deity. The sculpture, which first appeared on coins of Antioch in the second century B.C., was made in the late 4th Century B.C. by the Greek sculptor Eutychides of Sicyon for the then newly founded city of Antioch. The sculpture was imitated by many Asiatic cities. There is a small copy in the Vatican.BZ73040. Bronze , 17, 13, 10 - 11, 133, -, -, F, nice glossy green with earthen highlighting, 1.716 g, maximum 12.5 mm, 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, D N D N IVSTINVS ET IVSTINIANVS PP AVG (or similar), diademed, draped and busts of Justin and Justinian facing; seated left, reversed E left, all within a shrine; very ; $80.00 (€71.20)
Justin was a peasant and a swineherd by occupation from the Dardania region, in the Prefecture of Illyricum. He was of Thraco-Roman or Illyro-Roman stock, spoke rudimentary Greek, and bore a Thracian name, Istok. As a teenager, he and two companions fled from a barbaric invasion, and took refuge in Constantinople, possessing nothing more than the ragged clothes on their backs and a sack of bread between them. Justin soon joined the army and, through his ability, rose through the ranks to become a general. By the time of Anastasius' death in 518, he held the influential position of excubitorum, commander of the palace guard.BZ77950. Bronze , 9a, 29, 2/Cp/AE/11, 28, 397, 11, 2.7, 63, F, green , , , 15.696 g, maximum 31.1 mm, 180o, 1st , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 10 Jul 518 - 1 Aug 527 A.D.; D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and right; large M (40 nummi), above, left, right, A (1st ) below, CON (Constantinople) in ; from the Butte College Foundation, ex ; $32.00 (€28.48)
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