Byzantine Justinian I - just arrived.

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  1. AuldFartte

    AuldFartte Supporter! Supporter

    Byzantine Empire, Justinian I. 527 - 565 AD. AE- Follis. Cyzicus Mint. 35.34mm, 19.61g.

    Byzantine Empire, Justinian I. 527 - 565 AD. AE- Follis. Cyzicus Mint. 35.34mm, 19.61g. VF..jpg
    Coin is slightly darker than the seller's photo above.
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Nice example.

    Justinian I (527 - 565 A.D.)
    Æ Follis
    O: DN ISTINI-ANVS PP AVG Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger and a shield.
    R: Large M, cross above, ANNO left, regnal year XXXI right, G ( = officina 3 ) below, THEUP in ex.
    Theoupolis - Antiochia
    SB 220
  4. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    If you started collecting ancients after trying to fill date sets of US coins, you might decide a date set of Justinian folles from Cyzicus would be fun to assemble. If so, here are some others for the set:


    Justinian. Sear 207. Year 12 (unfortunately corroded and weak)
    Very large at 42 mm and 21.79 grams.


    Justinian. Sear 207. Year 19. 35 mm. 19.33 grams.


    Justinian. Sear 207. Year 23. 37-35 mm. 19.26 grams.

    Justinian. Sear 207. Year 31. 33-32 mm. 15.14 grams.

    I guess I love big coins!
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  5. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Congrats, @AuldFartte ... good looking coin.

    My Eastern Romans are usually pretty worn.

    ER Justinian I 527-565 CE AE Folles 30mm 17g 40 Nummi M monogram
  6. Only a Poor Old Man

    Only a Poor Old Man Well-Known Member

    If one wishes to get only one Byzantine copper for their collection, a Justinian Follis would be a wise candidate. They are iconic coins (plus you get plenty of copper for your money).


    I know he is holding a globus cruciger, but in most of these coins it kinda looks like he is giving us the finger, right? :facepalm:
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  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I love big Byzantine bronze!

    Here's my Justinian I Follis from Constantinople, Reginal Year 16, 35mm, 17.78g.
    Justinian I, Follis, Year 16, Constantinople.png
  8. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    That one was on my watchlist to see how it faired. Congrats on snatching it up! Here's mine at 42mm...
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  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I have my eye on a 40mm. I really want a big flan follis. You're gonna tempt me into pulling the trigger lol.
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  10. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    If coin dealers sold coins by the pound, those specializing in Byzantines would be very wealthy dealers.
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  11. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    That honey brown and smooth patina can be hard to come by on Byzantine coins.
  12. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Justinian was a ruler with an eye for the future. His codification of the Roman Law was for the ages as was his Hagia Sophia and reincarnation of the Western Empire. I wonder if he thought that making his coins so large and impressive was a way to immortalize himself in an additional manner. If so, I can forgive his hubris.
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  13. svessien

    svessien Senior Member Supporter

    Are there Dansco albums for them?

    Here’s a half follis:
  14. BenSi

    BenSi Supporter! Supporter

    k4.jpg Here is my best , got it last year , the end of October. 40mm and 22.50gr
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  15. AuldFartte

    AuldFartte Supporter! Supporter

    That coin is amazing!
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  16. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Basileus Megalos

    I have a side portrait Justinian more in the manner of Anastasius:

    As you can see it's a little light and pre-reform...

    Justinian I (527-565 A.D.)

    AE Follis, Constantinople Mint, 10 grams, 28mm

    Obverse: Diademed, Draped and Cuirassed Bust Right, DN IVSTINIANVS PP AVG

    Reverse: Large M, cross above, star to left and right, officina letter below

    Reference: SB 160, Dumbarton Oaks Collection 30.


  17. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Picked up this today ... have wanted an example over 40mm for some time.
    Will be quite the monster in hand.. can't wait.

    Byzantine Empire, Justinian I (527-565) AE follis
    Condition: Very Fine
    Weight: 23.4 g
    Diameter: 42.3 mm
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  18. BenSi

    BenSi Supporter! Supporter

    Beautiful example, congratulations.
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