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ID number:  BIRBI-B0358
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.; South Russia Hoard
Maker:  Justinian I; Constantinople
Denomination:  Light-Weight Solidus
Place made:  Istanbul
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  545-565
Metal:  Gold
Diameter (cm):  1.90
Weight (g):  3.74
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 667. A.H. Baldwin, September 1957, from Paris 1955. "Said to have come from a hoard of some 300 similar pieces in South Russia found after 1914 war and all but 30 or so subsequently melted."

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 plain cross in r. hand and globus without cross in l. hand. Star in r. of field.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: DN IVSTINI ANVS PPAVI (Our lord Justinian Emperor in perpetuity). Reverse: VICTORI AAVCCC (Imperial Victory). Control mark: I (10). Mint mark: OBXX.

Bibliography:  DOC I. pl. XIII AV10, MIB 1 pl.14 15

4 Related People

Justinian I
14th November 565

South Russia Hoard

Whitting, Philip David
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