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ID number: BIRBI-B0222
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection: P.D. Whitting Collection
Artist / Maker: Justin I (518-527)
Title / Object name / Definition: Decanummium
Object type: Coin
Place made: Mint of Constantinople
Date made: 518-527
Collector: P.D. Whitting
Measurements: 3.38 g
Description: Obverse: Standing figure of Justin I wearing cuirass, paludamentum and helmet, holding a spear in his right hand and a globe in his left.
Reverse: I surmounted by cross, stars and pellets to either side. When Anastasius I died there was no heir, so the Senate had to choose the new emperor. Eventually the commanding officer of the Excubitors (imperial guard unit) was chosen. Justin I was a peasant from Illyria (modern Serbia). Justin is mostly remembered today for paving the way for the rise to power of his nephew Peter, the future Justinian I. On this coin Justin is shown in the traditional guise of soldier emperor (in his case an accurate representation).
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: DNIVSTI NVSPPAVC (Our Lord Justin Eternal Augustus)
Reverse: CON (mint mark of Constantinople) in exergue.
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