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Live auction - bby_440160 - JUSTINIAN I Solidus

JUSTINIAN I Solidus AU
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Estimate : 1 200 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 15:12:41
Type : Solidus
Date: indiction 3
Date: 545-546
Mint name / Town : Carthage
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,47 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale. Beau portrait particulier de Justinien Ier. Revers de style fin. Patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire a été acquis en juin 1994 et provient de Conseils Placements

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 (N1'a) ; diadème perlé.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Iustinianus Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Justinien perpétuel auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VICTORI-A AVGGG(THÊTA)/ -|-// CONOB.
Reverse description : Ange debout de face, les ailes déployées, tenant une longue croix 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 cloutée et épaulière décorée. Pendilia aux extrémités bouletées. Bouclier orné d’un cavalier galopant à droite, terrassant un ennemi (stylisé). Au revers, croix longue non chrismée. Style très particulier, “africain” DOC I, p. 159, note 277c-e : “The coins with (gamma) constitute a different problem since these officinae operated also in Constantinople and the products can be distinguished only by style. Lafaurie, however, believes that style and fabric identify some specimens as African. Grierson had indepedently classed these as African”.

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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