Byzantine - Anastasius I - April 11, 491 A. Anastasius I - April 11, 491 A.Bronze Follis 37mm (16.95 grams) Constantinople mint: 491-518 A. Reference: Sear 21 D N ANASTASIVS PP AVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. Large M between two stars; above, cross; beneath, officina letter; in exergue, CON. Flavius Anastasius or Anastasius I c. 430 July 518 was Byzantine Emperor from 11 April 491 until his death in 518. In a larger context the Byzantine empire as such could be said to have started when the ancient city of Byzantium was renamed Constantinople by Constantine I and made a political axis on a par with Rome.
Numismatic historians, however, classify Anastasius as the last Roman Emperor and the first Byzantine one. Although he considered himself "Roman", along with all future Byzantine emperors, his choice in 498 to discard the then monetary system in favor of a new, more Greek-aligned one was a lasting landmark of profound significance. Culturally, the Byzantines were always Greek under their skin and as the influence of the Romans waned there was ever less reason to reflect what to them was a foreign culture even at an official level. Within another hundred years most distinctly Roman traits had been supplanted by the new zeitgeist which better served, after all, a Greek citizenry.
During his reign he consolidated power in what was left of the eastern half of the empire and gave up for lost the barbarian-infested western one. To his credit, he was a shrewd administrator and settled several favorable trade treaties which started off the Byzantine period on sound financial footing.The item "Anastasius I 491AD Large Ancient Authentic Medieval Byzantine Coin i44484" is in sale since Thursday, November 13, 2014. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Byzantine (300-1400 AD)".
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