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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.550
People
Justin II, Byzantine (r. 565 - 578 CE)
Title
Follis of Justin II, Constantinople
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
574-575 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/196514
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Metal
AE
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
13.19 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
follis
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: DNIVSTI NVSPPAVC
  • Reverse Inscription: Large "M". To l., ANNO (downwards). In ex., CON. To r., X. Beneath, epsilon
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 1, 38e.1 (p. 212)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.550
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Justin, on l. and Sophia on r., seated, nimbate, on double lyre-backed throne. He holds in r. hand, gl. cr., she holds cruciform scepter.
Rev.: M. Above, cross.

[old description]
reverse axis 6 o'clock
Obverse: Justin II and Sophia, seated, crowned
clockwise from lower left, D[OMINVS] N[OSTER] IVST[I] NVS P[ER]P[ETVVS] AVC[VSTVS] (Our Lord Justin Eternal Augustus}
Reverse: at center large M (mark of value = 40 nummi) ; within M, E (workhop 5); at left, vertical, and right of M, ANNO X (year 10 of Justin's reign); in exergue, CON (mintmark of Constantinople); cross above
Publication History

Alfred R. Bellinger, ed., Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection (Washington, D.C, 1992), vol. 1, 212, cat. 38e.I, pl. 51

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 94/figs. 34a, 34b

Exhibition History

Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003

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