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Justinian I, Copper, Nummus, Rome?, 540-565

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justinian I. No inscription.

Reverse

CN within wreath.

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justinian I. No inscription.

Reverse

CN within wreath.

Accession number BZC.2008.006
Ruler Justinian I
Date of Reign 527–565
Metal Copper
Denomination Nummus
Mint Rome?
Date 540565
Diameter 10.0 mm
Weight 0.78 g
Relation of Dies 12:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Hahn (MIB 3:53) proposed to move this coin (MIB 1:127, no. 212) and no. 213 (reclined Δ), to the reign of Justin II, referring to his article in the Numismatic Chronicle (“A Sixth-Century Hoard of Byzantine Small Change from Egypt, and its Contribution to the Classification of African Minimi,” 70, note for 224–26) where he invokes “typological clues” to “reduce the gap in the Carthaginian minimi between Justinian I and Maurice.”

These arguments leave me (Cécile Morrisson) unconvinced all the more since it has been proven by hoard evidence that the palm tree nummi attributed by Hahn to Maurice on a typological basis belong to Gelimer or the early reign of Justinian I. I prefer a tentative attribution of this coin to Rome.

MIB 1:3, 68, 127, no. 212, plate 32.

D. R. Sear, Byzantine Coins and Their Values, no. 283C.

Acquisition History

Purchased from A. H. Baldwin’s stock, 2008