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Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by fomovore, Mar 14, 2021.

  1. fomovore

    fomovore Active Member

    I'm still slowly going through the latest batch of the "uncleans" and got to this:
    1.56g and 11mm
    DSC_2273a.JPG DSC_2286.JPG
    I'm guessing it's a late Roman, around 400-600 CE, but I've never seen a reverse like this and don't even know where to start my search. Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2021
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  3. tenbobbit

    tenbobbit Well-Known Member

    The huge E says Byzantine to me, there is your start point.
    For its size use Pentanummium ( hope i have that correct )
    For the Emperor try Justinian i.

    Hope this helps.
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  4. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Interesting coin - could it be a Justin I issue from Antioch with Tyche on the reverse? Here is the labrum listing:

    If so, I think these are rather scarce. Not sure what's going on with the backwards E, but if this is right, the OP reverse is upside-down.
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  5. tenbobbit

    tenbobbit Well-Known Member

    Good call @Marsyas Mike.

    The exact same Reverse is listed for both Justin & Ian ;)
    Not sure how to tell which one it is though.
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  6. fomovore

    fomovore Active Member

    Great! Thank you, @tenbobbit and @Marsyas Mike.
    I'm not familiar with the Byzantine coinage and the rest of the coins in the batch were from 306-450 so it didn't even occur to me to think of that.

    Here's a correct photo of the reverse:
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  7. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Here's one of Justin and Justinian together (Apr.-Aug. 527):

    justin and justinian antioch.png

    These are interesting for being among the very last issues featuring a pagan deity (Tyche).
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