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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-B0174
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Justin I (518-527)
Denomination:  Tremissis
Place made:  Mint of Constantinople
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  518-527
Metal:  Gold
Weight (g):  1.48
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of Justin I wearing cuirass, paludamentum and diadem.

Reverse: Victory holding a wreath in her right hand and a globus cruciger in her left. Star in the right field.

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). The plural Augustorum is a relic of the fourth and fifth centuries when there were multiple emperors.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: DNIVSTI NVSPPAVC (Our Lord Justin Eternal Augustus)
Reverse: VICTORIAAVGVSTORVM (Victory of the Augusti)
CONOB (CON=Mint mark of Constantinople, OB=obrizum, refined gold) in exergue.

Bibliography:  Bellinger, A.R. Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection (Washington D.C. 1966) coin 4
Grierson, P. Byzantine Coins (London 1982) 43-83.
Whitting, P.D. Byzantine Coins (London 1973) 99-106.

2 Related People

Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Justin I
Byzantine
c.450
1st August 527
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