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Live auction - bby_469436 - JUSTINIAN I Solidus

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Estimate : 780 €
Price : 480 €
Maximum bid : 480 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 16:08:50
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Solidus
Date: 542-565
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,25 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 2e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait de Justinien. Revers de style fin. Conserve la plus grande partie de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AVI.
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 (N1'a) ; diadème perlé.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Iustinianus Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Justinien perpétuel auguste).


Reverse legend : VICTORI-A AVGGGB/ -|-// CONOB.
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 six rais.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augustorum” (La Victoire des augustes).


Poids léger. Casque avec plumet. Diadème perlé. Cuirasse cloutée (3 globules) et épaulière décorée (palmée). Pendilia aux extrémités bouletées. Bouclier orné d’un cavalier galopant à droite, terrassant un ennemi (stylisé). Petite étoile à huit rais mal venue à la frappe. Les B au revers prennent la forme d’un 8.

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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