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Justin II, Silver, Quarter Siliqua, Carthage, 567-574

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justin II with cuirass and helmet.

Reverse

Monogram with letters MNICTIN with C below.

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justin II with cuirass and helmet.

Reverse

Monogram with letters MNICTIN with C below.

Accession number BZC.1979.17
Ruler Justin II
Date of Reign 565–578
Metal Silver
Denomination Quarter Siliqua
Mint Carthage
Date 567574
Diameter 23.0 mm
Weight 0.57 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

The interpretation of the monogram is obscure. Morrisson (BNC 1:148, no. 1), who cites two coins at Carthage and a Vienna coin (Vienna 194.098: Longuet, “Die unedierten byzantinischen Münzen des Wiener Kabinettes,” 265), suggests ΔNICTIN with a mark of value C NM, but notes that this does not address the Ω. Hahn (MIBEC 27–28) considers the 100 nummi value too low and suggests an imperial legend in the dative, hence the Ω, beginning with ΔMN as found on the heavy half siliqua of Carthage under Justinian (MIBE 122, no. 53; BNC 1: nos. 8–11).

Cf. DOC 1:252, no. 191.

MIB 2:93, no. 34.

MIBEC 90, no. 34.

J. Sabatier, Description générale des monnaies byzantines frappées sous les empereurs d’Orient depuis Arcadius jusqu’ à la prise de Constantinople par Mahomet I, 179, no. 22, plate XII.8.

Acquisition History

Purchased from Spink’s, 23 April 1979