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Justin II, Gold, Solidus, Constantinople, 567-578

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justin II with shield and cuirass and wearing helmet with plume, diadem, and pendilia. Globe surmounted by Victory figure in right hand.

DNI-VSTI-NVSPPVC

Reverse

Constantinopolis seated facing right with helmet, tunic, and mantle. Spear in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand.

VICTORI-VCCCΓ

Symbol

I in left field.

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justin II with shield and cuirass and wearing helmet with plume, diadem, and pendilia. Globe surmounted by Victory figure in right hand.

DNI-VSTI-NVSPPVC

Reverse

Constantinopolis seated facing right with helmet, tunic, and mantle. Spear in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand.

VICTORI-VCCCΓ

Symbol

I in left field.

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.2013.030
Ruler Justin II
Date of Reign 565–578
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Constantinople
Date 567578
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 4.48 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Hahn (MIBEC pp. 21–22) suggests that the I is both an indication of the regnal year 10 (576/577) and an allusion to the emperor’s initial, which Corippus described in his panegyric In laudem Iustini augusti minoris as a symbol of the emperor's uprightness: Justin, crowned, was lifted upon the shield by four young men and “stood on top, upright like his own letter, which is never swayed from its firm meaning” (2.139–40: stetit, ut sua rectus / littera, quae signo stabili non flectitur umquam, ed. and trans. Av. Cameron, In laudem Iustini augusti minoris [London, 1976], text at 51, translation at 97).

Cf. DOC 1:200, no. 8b.

MIBEC 79, no. 2.

Acquisition History

Numismatica Ars Classica (Zurich), auction 75, 18 November 2013, no. 507, from Auctiones sale, 13, 1983, no. 841