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540 AD Byzantine AE Follis Justinian I Year 13 M Constantinople Mint SB-163


540 AD Byzantine AE Follis Justinian I Year 13 M Constantinople Mint SB-163

  • 540 AD Byzantine Empire AE Follis Coin
  • Issued under the rule of Justinian I, Emperor of the (Eastern Roman) Byzantine Empire (527-565 AD)
    • One of the most important figures of late antiquity and possibly the last Roman emperor to speak Latin as a first language, Justinian's rule constitutes a distinct epoch in the history of the Later Roman empire
    • The impact of his administration extended far beyond the boundaries of his time and domain; Justinian's reign is marked by the ambitious but only partly realized renovatio imperii, or "restoration of the Empire"
  • Obverse features a helmeted and cuirassed bust of the emperor holding globe with cross, facing, with the legend "DN IVSTINANVS PP AVG"
  • Reverse depicts a large "M", "ANNO" to the left, cross above, regnal year "XIII" right, officina "AB" below
  • Minted in [CON] Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Struck from bronze
  • Diameter: 38 mm
  • Weight: 23.6 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded
  • Catalog number: Sear(Byz)#163, DO#37-61, BMC#39-101
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Reference Item # ANC-1299

JBC 3/11/15