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Live auction - bby_440144 - JUSTINIAN I Solidus

JUSTINIAN I Solidus MS
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Estimate : 850 €
Price : 550 €
Maximum bid : 700 €
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 15:12:11
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Solidus
Date: 542-565
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,52 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 7e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle pour ce type de monnayage sur un flan ovale particulièrement bien venu à la frappe. Beau portrait de Justinien Ier. Revers de style fin. Conserve l’intégralité de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AVG.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, couronné et cuirassé de Justinien Ier de face, tenant le globe crucigère de la main droite et un bouclier orné d'un cavalier de la gauche (N'a).
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Iustinianus Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Justinien perpétuel auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VICTORI- A AVGGGZ/ -|-// CONOB (Z INVERSÉ).
Reverse description : Ange debout de face, les ailes déployées, tenant une croix chrismée de la main droite et un globe crucigère de la main gauche ; étoile à huit rais.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augustorum” (La victoire des augustes).

Commentary


Casque avec plumet. Diadème perlé. Cuirasse lisse et épaulière décorée (palmée). Pendilia aux extrémités bouletées. Bouclier orné d’un cavalier galopant à droite, terrassant un ennemi (stylisé). La lettre d’officine (Z inversé) semble avoir été rajouté en fin de légende et regravée, peut-être sur un delta).

Historical background


Justinian I.

(1/08/527-14/11/565)

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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