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Justinian I, Copper, Half Follis, Uncertain Mint, 553/554-565

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justinian I with helmet, cuirass, and shield, holding globus cruciger in right hand.

D[ ]VSTINI-NVSPPV

Reverse

with cross above, P below, I|N|D|I in left field, and II in right field.

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justinian I with helmet, cuirass, and shield, holding globus cruciger in right hand.

D[ ]VSTINI-NVSPPV

Reverse

with cross above, P below, I|N|D|I in left field, and II in right field.

Accession number BZC.1967.17.6
Ruler Justinian I
Date of Reign 527–565
Metal Copper
Denomination Half Follis
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date 553/554565
Diameter 22.0 mm
Weight 7.33 g
Relation of Dies 2:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Philip Grierson hypothesized that the K of the mark of value goes with INDI, as in Greek (INDIK II). Indiction 2 would be 1 September 553–1 September 554, thus providing a linkage with P on coins of Constantinople dated Anno 26. See Hahn, “Copper of Justinian I with the Mint Mark P, a Reattribution,” 449–50 (this coin), and idem, “Justinian’s Copper with the Mint-Mark P in the Light of Indictional Type-Changes,” 232.

MIBE 169, no. 98 (citing this coin only, under “Imitative Mint [Italy]”).

Acquisition History

Purchased from Henry Weller, 17 May 1967