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ID number:  BIRBI-B1333
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Justin II; Sophia; Thessalonica
Denomination:  Half-Follis
Place made:  Thessaloniki
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  570-571
Metal:  Base Metal
Diameter (cm):  2.25
Weight (g):  6.91
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 0147. B.A. Seaby, January 1949.
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Description:  Obverse: Justin and Sophia, nimbate, seated on a lyre-backed double throne facing; Sophia wearing a trefoil crown, holding a cross sceptre in l. hand, Justin wearing diadem and holding globus cruciger in r. hand. Reverse: K with M above.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: … N IVST … NVS … (Our lord Justin, eternal Augustus). Reverse ANNO ЧI (Year 6). Mint mark: TЄS.

Bibliography:  MIB II 70b (var)

Notes:  Overstruck on an eight or sixteen nummi piece of Justinian I; part of the inscription from the obverse of the undertype is visible on the obverse of the coin (D N), and also the shoulder of Justinian; and the A from the reverse of the undertype is visible on the reverse of the coin.

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Thessalonica



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Whitting, Philip David
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1903
1988
Justin II
Byzantine
c.520
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Sophia
Byzantine
Before 530
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