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Justinian Dynasty, Justin I, 518-527 AD, Gold, AV Tremissis, struck 518-527 AD, ICG Certified

725.00 AUD

Justin I
AV Tremissis
527-565 AD
D N INVSTINIANVS PP AVG, Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Justin I, right
VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM / CONOB, Victory advancing right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger; to right, star
16mm, 7h
VF, toned, areas of weak strike, scratches, slightly wavy flan, clipped
In ICG encapsulation, 1536820110, graded AU50, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 446 (19 June 2019), Lot 440
DOC I 19; MIBE 19; SBCV 145
In his early life, Justin I was a peasant of Thraco-Roman or Illyro-Roman descent. Following a barbaric invasion, he took refuge in Constantinople, where he joined the the palace guard, the excubitors. Due to his ability and notable bravery, he rose through the ranks and ultimately became their commander. When the Emperor Anastatius died, Justin I was elected as the new emperor by the council. His reign marked the beginning of the first golden age of the Byzantine Empire under the Justinian Dynasty. Notably, Justin I ended the Acacian schism thus restoring relations with the Roman Church. He was supported by his brilliant nephew Justinian who would later become his successor.
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