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ID number:  BIRBI-B0222
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:  Decanummium
Place made:  Mint of Constantinople
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  518-527
Metal:  Copper
Weight (g):  3.38

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:  Obverse: DNIVSTI NVSPPAVC (Our Lord Justin Eternal Augustus)
Reverse: CON (mint mark of Constantinople) in exergue.

Bibliography:  Grierson, P. Byzantine Coins (London 1982) 43-83.
Whitting, P.D. Byzantine Coins (London 1973) 99-106.

2 Related People

Whitting, Philip David
Justin I
1st August 527
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