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Justinian I, Copper, Sixteen Nummi, Thessalonike, 538-552

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Justinian I facing right.

DNIVSTINI-NVSPPV

Reverse

Large IS with ΘEΩ (large pellet between E and Ω) above, in left field, and PI in right field.

Exergue

TES

Obverse

Bust of Justinian I facing right.

DNIVSTINI-NVSPPV

Reverse

Large IS with ΘEΩ (large pellet between E and Ω) above, in left field, and PI in right field.

Exergue

TES

Accession number BZC.2009.034
Ruler Justinian I
Date of Reign 527–565
Metal Copper
Denomination Sixteen Nummi
Mint Thessalonike
Date 538552
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 6.17 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Hahn and Metlich (MIBE 64) interpret the legend as arca praefectura I(llyrici), but it means αργυρίον, designating the bronze unit. See C. Morrisson, “Byzantine Money: Its Production and Circulation,” 950–51n116 (citing Morrisson, “‘L’économie monétaire byzantine’: à propos d’un ouvrage récent,” 249n3).

MIBE 64, 155, no. 170d (citing specimen in Skopje Museum).

Acquisition History

From Goldberg Sale 55, lot 345, Beverly Hills, 30 October 2009, Christov Collection