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Justin I, Copper, Pentanummium, Constantinople, 522-527

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Justin I facing right and wearing a cape and diadem.

DNIVSTI-NVSPPV

Reverse

Π with cross above, E below, and six-pointed star in the left and right fields.

Obverse

Bust of Justin I facing right and wearing a cape and diadem.

DNIVSTI-NVSPPV

Reverse

Π with cross above, E below, and six-pointed star in the left and right fields.

Accession number BZC.1970.27.2
Ruler Justin I
Date of Reign 518–527
Metal Copper
Denomination Pentanummium
Mint Constantinople
Date 522527
Diameter 15.0 mm
Weight 1.92 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Variant of DOC 1:56, no. 59 (Grierson notes: “definitely without officina letter, the E perhaps doubling as such”). MIBE 99, no. 30, cites and illustrates this coin. Hahn (p. 34) observes rightly that the letter Π for penta “could also allude to the mint (polis for Constantinople as the polis par excellence).” Grierson’s hypothesis that the E is an officina indication seems all the more plausible when one considers that the MIBE no. 29 issue with Π and officina letters is only attested for officinae A through Δ.

Acquisition History

From Henry Weller, 1 July 1970, acquired in Istanbul