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ID number:  BIRBI-B0322
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Justinian I; Constantinople
Denomination:  Solidus
Place made:  Istanbul
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  545-565
Metal:  Gold
Diameter (cm):  2.40
Weight (g):  4.53
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 1699. Spink 28th May 1968.

Description:  Obverse: Facing bust of Justinian, wearing cuirass without pellets on breast and plumed helmet with pendilia, r. hand holding globus cruciger, shield on l. shoulder. Reverse: Victoria standing facing, holding long cross with chrismon at top in r. hand and globus cruciger in l. hand. Star in r. of field.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: ON IVSTINI ... (Our lord Justinian Emperor in perpetuity). Reverse: VKTORI AVCCC (Imperial Victory). Control mark: Γ (3). Mint mark: ...NOB.

Bibliography:  DOC I. pl. XIII AV9b, MIB 1 pl. 13 7

Notes:  Triple-struck. Original striking obverse on reverse, second striking obv. on obv. but re. very Control mark-flan, third striking normal. Cracked to left Control mark obv. Has been XRF tested as part of the 'All That Glitters...' project.

3 Related People

Justinian I
14th November 565

Whitting, Philip David
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