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Gold coins of Justin II Byzantine Emperor

November 15 565 through October 5 578

Justinian I's nephew who was not up to the task of controlling such a large empire.  Within five years much territory was lost to to both the Visigoths and Lombards.  His refusal to pay tribute to the Persians began a long series of wars in the eastern part of the empire.  During his last four years, Tiberius effectively took over control due to Justin II's mental illness.
 

Solidus

Constantinople

W-1    DO-1    Sear-344   Berk-59    MIB-NA
W-2    DO-4    Sear-345   Berk-60    MIB-4
W-3    DO-5    Sear-346   Berk-NA    MIB-1

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W3, S-346, DOC-5, Berk-NA, MIB-1, R-750, BMC-5, BN-4
Weight in Grams - 4.43g
Diameter - 21.1 mm
Die Axis - 178°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-567
Officinae - E
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justin II, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with Victory holding wreath on top and shield with horseman 
Obverse Legend - DNI-VSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Constantinopolis seated on throne, holding spear on left and globus with cross on right, with star in left field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGE, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - Almost completely full
Flan Quality - Good, 90% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Near Mint State (XF+)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Stain on obverse at 10 o'clock and on breast plate
Desirability - High
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Calgary Coin Gallery - April 1994
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $450.00 - $600.00

 

 



W-4    DO-7    Sear-348   Berk-NA    MIB-3a
W-5    DO-NA   Sear-348   Berk-NA    MIB-3b
W-6    DO-NA   Sear-349   Berk-NA    MIB-2

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W3, S-346, DOC-5, Berk-NA, MIB-1, R-750, BMC-5, BN-4
Weight in Grams - 4.43g
Diameter - 21.1 mm
Die Axis - 178°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-567
Officinae - E
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justin II, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with Victory holding wreath on top and shield with horseman 
Obverse Legend - DNI-VSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Constantinopolis seated on throne, holding spear on left and globus with cross on right, with star in left field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGE, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - Almost completely full
Flan Quality - Good, 90% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Near Mint State (XF+)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Stain on obverse at 10 o'clock and on breast plate
Desirability - High
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Calgary Coin Gallery - April 1994
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $450.00 - $600.00

 

 



W-7    DO-8    Sear-350   Berk-NA    MIB-5

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W3, S-346, DOC-5, Berk-NA, MIB-1, R-750, BMC-5, BN-4
Weight in Grams - 4.43g
Diameter - 21.1 mm
Die Axis - 178°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-567
Officinae - E
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justin II, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with Victory holding wreath on top and shield with horseman 
Obverse Legend - DNI-VSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Constantinopolis seated on throne, holding spear on left and globus with cross on right, with star in left field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGE, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - Almost completely full
Flan Quality - Good, 90% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Near Mint State (XF+)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Stain on obverse at 10 o'clock and on breast plate
Desirability - High
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Calgary Coin Gallery - April 1994
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $450.00 - $600.00

 

Alexandria

W-8    DO-6    Sear-347   Berk-NA    MIB-13a

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Alexandria
Reference Information - W8, S-347, DOC-6, Berk-NA, MIB-13a, R-759, BMC-16, BN-1
Weight in Grams - 4.52g
Diameter - 20.0 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-567
Officinae - I
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justin II, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with Victory holding wreath on top and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNI-VSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Constantinopolis seated on throne, holding spear on left and globus with cross on right, cross in left field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGI, CONOI in exergue
Die Quality - Very Fine
Strike - Almost completely full
Flan Quality - Good, 90% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Near Mint State (XF)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Die break on obverse rim at 8 o'clock - This piece is most likely the finest of this type available.
Desirability - High
Rarity - Scarce (50 to 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Harlan Berk - November 1994
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $1500 - $2000

 

 



W-9    DO-NA   Sear-347   Berk-NA    MIB-13b
W-10   DO-NA   Sear-347a  Berk-63    MIB-14

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Alexandria
Reference Information - W8, S-347, DOC-6, Berk-NA, MIB-13a, R-759, BMC-16, BN-1
Weight in Grams - 4.52g
Diameter - 20.0 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-567
Officinae - I
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justin II, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with Victory holding wreath on top and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNI-VSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Constantinopolis seated on throne, holding spear on left and globus with cross on right, cross in left field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGI, CONOI in exergue
Die Quality - Very Fine
Strike - Almost completely full
Flan Quality - Good, 90% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Near Mint State (XF)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Die break on obverse rim at 8 o'clock - This piece is most likely the finest of this type available.
Desirability - High
Rarity - Scarce (50 to 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Harlan Berk - November 1994
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $1500 - $2000

 

 



W-11   DO-187  Sear-388   Berk-NA    MIB-12

 

Carthage

W-12   DO-190  Sear-391   Berk-64    MIB-18b
W-13   DO-NA   Sear-391   Berk-65    MIB-18a

 

Ravenna

W-14   DO-210  Sear-407   Berk-68    MIB-20

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Ravenna
Reference Information - W14, S-407, DOC-210, Berk-68, MIB-20, R-759, BMC-16, BN-1
Weight in Grams - 4.40g
Diameter - 21.7 mm
Die Axis - 185°
Accepted Striking Period - 567-578
Officinae - Z
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justin II, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with Victory holding wreath on top and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNI-VSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Constantinopolis seated on throne, holding spear on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGZ, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Excellant
Strike - Almost completely full
Flan Quality - Good, 100% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (MS)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Slight encrustations on reverse in legends and Constantinopolis
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Scarce (50 to 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 11, Lot 577 - April 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $1000 - $1250

 

 



W-15   DO-NA   Sear-407   Berk-NA    MIB-21
W-16   DO-NA   Sear-407   Berk-NA    MIB-NA

 

Rome

W-17   DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-71    MIB-NA

 

Sicily

W-18   DO-NA   Sear-416a  Berk-72    MIB-NA

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Sicily
Reference Information - W18, S-416a, DOC-NA, Berk-72b (This Coin), MIB-NA, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.44g
Diameter - 20.6 mm
Die Axis - 175°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-578
Officinae - R
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justin II, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with Victory holding wreath on top and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNI-VSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Constantinopolis seated on throne, holding spear on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGR, CNONB in exergue
Die Quality - Superior
Strike - Almost completely full, with a slight weakness on reverse at 10 o'clock
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - CNONB in exergue (unique with this lettering)
Desirability - High
Rarity - Scarce to Rare (20 to 50 known)
Provenance - Monte Judica 86, Purchased from Sotheby's Sale 7214, Lot 115 - November 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $2500 - $3000

 

 



W-19   DO-NA   Sear-416b  Berk-NA    MIB-NA

 

Thessalonica

W-20   DO-NA   Sear-364a  Berk-NA    MIB-NA
W-21   DO-NA   Sear-364b  Berk-NA    MIB-17
W-22   DO-NA   Sear-364c  Berk-NA    MIB-NA
W-23   DO-NA   Sear-364d  Berk-67    MIB-16
W-24   DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-NA    MIB-NA

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Sicily
Reference Information - W18, S-416a, DOC-NA, Berk-72b (This Coin), MIB-NA, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.44g
Diameter - 20.6 mm
Die Axis - 175°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-578
Officinae - R
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justin II, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with Victory holding wreath on top and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNI-VSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Constantinopolis seated on throne, holding spear on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGR, CNONB in exergue
Die Quality - Superior
Strike - Almost completely full, with a slight weakness on reverse at 10 o'clock
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - CNONB in exergue (unique with this lettering)
Desirability - High
Rarity - Scarce to Rare (20 to 50 known)
Provenance - Monte Judica 86, Purchased from Sotheby's Sale 7214, Lot 115 - November 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $2500 - $3000

 

Light Weight Solidus - 23 Siliquae

Theoupolis

W-1    DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-NA    MIB-NA

 

Light Weight Solidus - 22 Siliquae

Ravenna

W-1    DO-NA   Sear-408   Berk-NA    MIB-22a
W-2    DO-NA   Sear-408   Berk-NA    MIB-22b
W-3    DO-NA   Sear-408   Berk-NA    MIB-22c
W-4    DO-NA   Sear-408   Berk-NA    MIB-22d
W-5    DO-NA   Sear-408   Berk-NA    MIB-23
W-6    DO-NA   Sear-408   Berk-NA    MIB-NA

 

Theoupolis

W-7    DO-138  Sear-376   Berk-66    MIB-NA
W-8    DO-NA   Sear-376a  Berk-NA    MIB-7
W-9    DO-NA   Sear-476b  Berk-NA    MIB-6

 

Light Weight Solidus - 20 Siliquae

Constantinople

W-1    DO-9    Sear-351   Berk-NA    MIB-9a

     
Denomination - 20 Siliquae
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W1, S-351, DOC-9, Berk-NA, MIB-9a, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 3.70g
Diameter - 20.3 mm
Die Axis - 170°
Accepted Striking Period - 567-578
Officinae - I.
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justin II, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with Victory holding wreath on top and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNI-VSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Constantinopolis seated on throne, holding spear on left and globus (without cross)
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGI, OBXX in exergue
Die Quality - Very Fine, polished
Strike - About 80% fulll
Flan Quality - Good, 90% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Near Mint State (XF+)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Light scratch on obverse rim at 10 o'clock. Finest of 4 known examples.
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Extremely Rare (2 to 5 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Harlan Berk - September 1996
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $2000 - $2500

 

 



W-2    DO-10   Sear-351   Berk-NA    MIB-9b
W-3    DO-11   Sear-351   Berk-NA    MIB-9c

 

Theoupolis

W-4    DO-139  Sear-377   Berk-NA    MIB-NA

 

Semissis

Constantinople

W-1    DO-12   Sear-352   Berk-61    MIB-NA Ravenna

W-2    DO-NA   Sear-409   Berk-NA    MIB-25 Sicily

W-3    DO-211  Sear-416c  Berk-73    MIB-24a
W-4    DO-NA   Sear-416d  Berk-NA    MIB-24b

 

Tremissis

Constantinople

W-1    DO-13   Sear-353   Berk-62    MIB-11a

Byzant gold coin Byzant gold coin
Denomination - Tremissis
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W1, S-353, DOC-13, Berk-62, MIB-11a, R-765, BMC-21, BN-11
Weight in Grams - 1.52g
Diameter - 16.5 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-578
Officinae - NA
Obverse Image - Image of Justin II facing right, diademed and draped
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Victory holding wreath on left and globus with cross on right, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORIAAVGSTORVM, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - Almost complete, with slight weakness at top of reverse legend
Flan Quality - Excellant, 100% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Slight weakness at top of reverse legend
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from AM Collectibles - September 1999
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $350 - $500

 

 



W-2    DO-14   Sear-353   Berk-NA    MIB-11b

 

Carthagena

W-3    DO-NA   Sear-416i  Berk-NA    MIB-19

 

Ravenna

W-4    DO-212  Sear-410   Berk-NA    MIB-26

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin  
 
Denomination - Tremissis
Minted At - Ravenna
Reference Information - W4, S-410, DOC-212, Berk-NA, MIB-26, R-NA, BMC-291, BN-6
Weight in Grams - 1.44g
Diameter - 17.1 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-567
Officinae - NA
Obverse Image - Image of Justin II facing right, diademed and draped
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Victory holding wreath on left and globus with cross on right, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORIAAVGSTORVM, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Superior
Strike - Almost completely full
Flan Quality - Excellant, 100% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Slight ripple in rim above Justin II on obverse.
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Scarce to Rare (20 to 50 known)
Provenance - Purchased from CNG Sale 41, Lot 2398 - March 1997
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $750 - $1000

 

Sicily

W-5    DO-NA   Sear-416e  Berk-NA    MIB-NA       
Denomination - Tremissis
Minted At - Sicily
Reference Information - W5, S-416e, DOC-NA, Berk-74 (This Coin), MIB-NA, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 1.51g
Diameter - 16.1 mm
Die Axis - 165°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-578
Officinae - NA
Obverse Image - Image of Justin II facing right, diademed and draped
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Victory holding wreath on left and globus with cross on right, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORIAAV-GSTORVM, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Superior, polished
Strike - Almost completely full
Flan Quality - Excellant, 100% Centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - None
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Rare (10 to 20 known)
Provenance - M&M Fixed Price List 434, June 1981. Purchased from Sotheby's Sale 7214, Lot 120 - November 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $1250 - $1500

 

 

 
W-6    DO-NA   Sear-416f  Berk-74    MIB-NA
W-7    DO-NA   Sear-416g  Berk-NA    MIB-NA

 

Thessalonica

W-8    DO-NA   Sear-364e  Berk-NA    MIB-NA

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin  
 
Denomination - Tremissis
Minted At - Thessalonica
Reference Information - W8, S-364e, DOC-NA, Berk-NA, MIB-NA, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 1.49g
Diameter - 14.4 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 565-578
Officinae - NA
Obverse Image - Image of Justin II facing right, diademed and draped
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTI-NVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Victory holding wreath on left and globus with cross on right, no star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORIAAVGSTORAV, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Superior
Strike - Completely full
Flan Quality - Excellant, 100% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Light die lines on Justin II's neck on obverse
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Rare (10 to 20 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Ed Waddell - January 1999
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $1250 - $1500





W-9    DO-NA   Sear-364f  Berk-NA    MIB-NA