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E-auction 203-131847 - JUSTINIAN I Follis

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Estimate : 145 €
Price : 57 €
Maximum bid : 67 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2017 14:54:00
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Follis
Date: an 18
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : copper
Diameter : 31,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 19,96 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 4e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan épais bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait de Justinien Ier. Frappe un peu brouillée au revers. Jolie patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :
BMC/B.- - R.- - Do.43 a - BN/B.- - BC.163 - MBR.95 e - DMBR.-


Obverse legend : D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AVI.
Obverse description : Buste casqué, diadémé et cuirassé de Justinien Ier de face avec pendilia, tenant de la main droite un globe crucigère et de la gauche un bouclier (N1'a) ; diadème perlé ; dans le champ à droite, une croix.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Iustinianus Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Justinien perpétuel auguste).


Reverse legend : CON.
Reverse description : M surmontée d'une chrisme inversé.
Reverse legend : A/N/N/O - C/u/III/ A//.
Reverse translation : (an 18).


Au revers, l’année est peu visible, mais la valeur semble bien surmontée d’un chrisme inversé.

Historical background

Justinian I.


Justinian succeeded his uncle Justin in 527 co-regency from April 4 to August 1 527. He reigned with the Empress Theodora. The construction of Hagia Sophia was completed during his reign marks the peak of the Byzantine conquests. Carthage and Africa and part of Numidia were reconquered from the Vandals with the general Belisarius. After a century of domination vandal, the Roman reigned again on the Mediterranean. Belisarius then attacked the Ostrogoths and took Rome on December 9 536. Theodora died in 545. Justinian still reigned twenty years. Childless, his nephew Justin II, who succeeded him.

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