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ID number: BIRBI-B0085
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection: P.D. Whitting Collection
Artist / Maker: Anastasius I (491-518)
Title / Object name / Definition: Decanummium
Object type: Coin
Place made: Mint of Nicomedia
Date made: 498-518
Collector: P.D. Whitting
Measurements: 1.71 g
Description: Obverse: Bust of Anastasius I, wearing cuirass, paludamentum and diadem.
Reverse: K, N I flanking cross to left. Anastasius was chosen to succeed Emperor Zeno by his widow Ariadne in 491. Anastasius was a known supporter of monophysitism (a form of Christianity common in Syria and Egypt but unpopular in Asia Minor, Palestine and the Balkans). Anastasius reformed the copper coinage of the Byzantine Empire. Before Anastasius very small nummi had formed the bulk of the copper: Anastasius issued larger forty, twenty, ten, and five nummi coins. Despite his early troubles Anastasius reigned for 27 years over an ever more prosperous empire. He died in 518 aged 88.
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: DNANASTA SIVSPERPAVC (Our Lord Anastasius Eternal Augustus)
Reverse: ICON CORD, I (mark of value, 10 nummi) flanked by N I (mint mark of Nicomedia).
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