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ID number:  BIRBI-B1310
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Uncertain 6th century emperor; Nikomedia
Denomination:  Half-Follis
Place made:  Izmit
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  538-602
Metal:  Base Metal
Diameter (cm):  2.15
Weight (g):  1.93
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 6795. Tchalikian, 2nd April 1969.

Description:  Obverse: Bust of an emperor facing, wearing paludamentum and cuirass, and a helmet with diadem band and pendilia, holding something in r. hand. Reverse: K with cross above.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: D N … Reverse: ANNO (Year). Mint mark: NI. Officina: Δ (4).

Bibliography:  No exact match

Notes:  This coin displays a sixth century emperor facing and on the reverse has the mint mark NI to the right of the denomination mark, where the regnal year would usually appear. The combination of these features does not appear for Justinian I, Justin II, Tiberius II, Maurice, or Phocas or Herakleios, as possible later adaptations of the earlier bust. Whitting sees the NI as XЧ and lists the coin accordingly as Maurice, but it appears to us to be NI indicating the Nicomedia mint.

3 Related People

Uncertain 6th century emperor

Roman; Byzantine

Whitting, Philip David
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