"Saint" Emperor Justinian I "The Great". Justinian I 527 - 565 AD Copper Follis = 40 Nummi Constantinople Officiana A Huge Size: 33/35mm The coin is better in hand the photos don't do it justice due to the darkness of the aptina. DN IVSTINIANVS PP AVG, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing holding cross on globe and shield, cross to right Large M, ANNO to left, cross above, regnal year to right, officina letter below, mintmark CON , Sear 163, D. 42a Condition: Very Fine/ about fine.
This coin is listed as one of the top 100 ancient coin types in history. It is a nice and very large coin of this very important Saint and Byzantine Christian Emperor. Justinian I Latin: Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Justinianus Augustus, c.482 14 November 565, commonly known as Justinian the Great, was Byzantine Emperor from 527 to 565. During his reign, Justinian sought to revive the Empire's greatness and reconquer the lost western half of the classical Roman Empire. One of the most important figures of Late Antiquity and the last Roman Emperor to speak Latin as a first language, Justinian's rule constitutes a distinct epoch in the history of the Eastern Roman Empire. The impact of his administration extended far beyond the boundaries of his time and domain. Justinian's reign is marked by the ambitious but only partly realized renovatio imperii, or "restoration of the Empire". This ambition was expressed by the partial recovery of the territories of the defunct Western Roman Empire. His general Belisarius swiftly conquered the Vandal Kingdom in North Africa, extending Roman control to the Atlantic Ocean.
Subsequently Belisarius, Narses, and other generals conquered the Ostrogothic Kingdom, restoring Dalmatia, Sicily, Italy, and Rome to the Empire after more than half a century of barbarian control. The prefect Liberius reclaimed most of southern Iberia, establishing the province of Spania. These campaigns re-established Roman control over the western Mediterranean, increasing the Empire's annual revenue by over a million solidi. During his reign Justinian also subdued the Tzani, a people on the east coast of the Black Sea that had never been under Roman rule before. A still more resonant aspect of his legacy was the uniform rewriting of Roman law, the Corpus Juris Civilis, which is still the basis of civil law in many modern states.His reign also marked a blossoming of Byzantine culture, and his building program yielded such masterpieces as the church of Hagia Sophia, which was to be the center of Eastern Orthodox Christianity for many centuries. A devastating outbreak of bubonic plague in the early 540s marked the end of an age of splendor. The Empire entered a period of territorial decline not to be reversed until the ninth century. Procopius provides the primary source for the history of Justinian's reign. The Syriac chronicle of John of Ephesus, which does not survive, was used as a source for later chronicles, contributing many additional details of value.
Both historians became very bitter towards Justinian and his empress, Theodora. Other sources include the histories of Agathias, Menander Protector, John Malalas, the Paschal Chronicle, the chronicles of Marcellinus Comes and Victor of Tunnuna. Justinian is considered a saint amongst Orthodox Christians, and is also remembered by some in the Lutheran Church on November 14. With any questions or comments.We do not accept payments direct to our bank account. Box 5058, Sandhurst East, Victoria 3550. Payments are accepted in Australian Dollars only. The item "ARC 614 Ancient Byzantine Coin Justinian I The Great 555AD Huge Follis Top 100" is in sale since Saturday, March 2, 2013. This item is in the category "Coins\Coins\Ancient". The seller is "bruiser007" and is located in BENDIGO AUSTRALIA. This item can be shipped worldwide.