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Gold coins of Justinian I Byzantine Emperor

August 1 527 through November 14 527

Having most of the control during his uncle's reign, Justinian I started on one of the longest and greatest reign's within the history of the Byzantine Empire.  His expansions of the empire  were to reach the greatest of any emperor.  Unfortunately, this expansion came with a large cost of taxes and overextending the military.  In the east the Persians were regaining strength and Justinian I had to pay large tributes to maintain the peace.  His expansion did not just include the empire, but he also started one of the largest building campaigns in Constantinople with the church of St. Sophia being one of the greatest.
 

 

Solidi

Constantinople

W-1    DO-NA   Sear-134   Berk-NA    MIB-1 4 1/2

W-1    DO-NA   Sear-134a  Berk-NA    MIB-2

 

Aureus

Constantinople

W-1    DO-1    Sear-135   Berk-NA    MIB-3

 

Solidus

Constantinople

W-1    DO-2    Sear-136   Berk-NA    MIB-4
W-2    DO-3    Sear-137   Berk-42    MIB-5
W-3    DO-4    Sear-NA    Berk-NA    MIB-NA
W-4    DO-5    Sear-NA    Berk-NA    MIB-NA
W-5    DO-8    Sear-139   Berk-43    MIB-6
W-6    DO-9    Sear-140   Berk-44    MIB-7

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W6, S-140, DOC-9, Berk-44, MIB-7, R-454, BMC-8, BN-10
Weight in Grams - 4.38g
Diameter - 20.6 mm
Die Axis - 178°
Accepted Striking Period - 545-565
Officinae - A
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justinian I, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with cross and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTINI-ANVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing holding long staff with Christogram at top, globus with cross, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGA, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, clashed on both obverse and reverse, with slight rusting
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 - B of CONOB missing due to die condition
Desirability - Extremely High
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Jonathan Kern during TACC show Fort Worth, TX - May 1993
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $350.00 - $500.00

 

 

 

W-7    DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-45    MIB-7

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople 
Reference Information - W7, S-140, DOC-NA, Berk-45(this coin), MIB-7, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.47g
Diameter - 20.4 mm
Die Axis - 190°
Accepted Striking Period - 548-549
Officinae - IB
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justinian I, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with cross and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTINI-ANVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing holding long staff with Christogram at top, globus with cross, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGIB, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished die
Strike - Almost completely full
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Near Mint State (XF+)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Miss formed star in right field on reverse, light V shaped hairline on obverse right field
Desirability - Low
Rarity - Extremely Rare (2 to 5 known)
Provenance - Monte Judica hoard #54, Harlan Berk's Collection, Sotheby Sale #7214 - Lot 74
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $800.00 - $1000.00

 

Carthage

W-8    DO-277  Sear-250   Berk-48    MIB-25'2

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Carthage
Reference Information - W8, DOC-277, Berk-48, MIB-25'2, R-446, BMC-NA, BN-2
Weight in Grams - 4.45g
Diameter - 21.7 mm
Die Axis - 175°
Accepted Striking Period - 534-545
Officinae - IA
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justinian I, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with cross and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTINI-ANVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing holding long staff (no Christogram), globus with cross, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGIA, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Superior high relief dies, polished
Strike - Completely full
Flan Quality - Superior, 100% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Small depression on flan border on reverse at 8 o'clock
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Scarce to Rare (20 to 50 known)
Provenance - Purchased through private treaty from Harlan Berk, September 1997
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $800.00 - $1000.00

 

 

 

W-9    DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-49    MIB-25'8
W-10   DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-50    MIB-25'6
W-11   DO-NA   Sear-252   Berk-NA    MIB-26

 

Ravenna

W-12   DO-333  Sear-312   Berk-56    MIB-37
W-13   DO-NA   Sear-312a  Berk-NA    MIB-NA Rome

W-14   DO-318a Sear-288   Berk-NA    MIB-31
W-15   DO-NA   Sear-288a  Berk-NA    MIB-32
W-16   DO-NA   Sear-288b  Berk-NA    MIB-30
W-17   DO-318b Sear-289   Berk-51    MIB-29
W-18   DO-319  Sear-290   Berk-NA    MIB-28

       
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Rome
Reference Information - W18, S-290, DOC-319, Berk-NA, MIB-28, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.46g
Diameter - 20.9 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 538-546
Officinae - A
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justinian I, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with cross and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTINI-ANVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing holding long staff, globus with cross, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGA, ROMOB in exergue
Die Quality - Superior high relief dies, polished
Strike - Completely full
Flan Quality - Superior, 100% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Small stain on obverse at 10 o'clock
Desirability - High
Rarity - Very Rare (5 to 10 known)
Provenance - Purchased through private treaty from Ed Waddell, December 1997
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $11000.00 - $14000.00

 

 

 


W-19   DO-NA   Sear-290a  Berk-NA    MIB-33
W-20   DO-320  Sear-291   Berk-52    MIB-34'7

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin  
 
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Rome
Reference Information - W20, S-291, DOC-320, Berk-52, MIB-34, R-452, BMC-17, BN-14
Weight in Grams - 4.45g
Diameter - 22.0 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 547-549
Officinae - A
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justinian I, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with cross and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTINI-ANVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing holding long staff, globus with cross, well defined six-pointed star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGA, CONOI in exergue
Die Quality - Superior high relief dies, polished
Strike - Completely full
Flan Quality - Superior, 100% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Jagged edge at 5 o'clock of Obverse
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Very Rare (5 to 10 known)
Provenance - Purchased through private treaty from Harlan Berk, March 1996
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $2000.00 - $3000.00



 
W-21   DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-53    MIB-34'9
W-22   DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-54    MIB-34

 

Sicily

W-23   DO-NA   Sear-328d  Berk-57    MIB-NA
W-24   DO-NA   Sear-328e  Berk-NA    MIB-NA Theoupolis

W-25   DO-NA   Sear-211   Berk-NA    MIB-8 Thessalonica

W-26   DO-7    Sear-138   Berk-NA    MIB-22

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
 
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Thessalonica
Reference Information - W26, S-138, DOC-7, Berk-NA, MIB-22, R-448, BMC-NA, BN-9
Weight in Grams - 4.42g
Diameter - 20.0 mm
Die Axis - 175°
Accepted Striking Period - 538-545
Officinae - NA
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justinian I, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with cross and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTINI-ANVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing holding long staff, globus only, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGG, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished fields
Strike - A little better than average, slight weakness on Justinian's nose
Flan Quality - Fine, 90% Centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Slight weakness on Justinian's nose
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Scarce to Rare (20 to 50 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Axis Mundi - December 1999
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $1500.00 - $1750.00

 

 

 

 
W-27   DO-NA   Sear-173a  Berk-NA    MIB-20
W-28   DO-NA   Sear-173a  Berk-NA    MIB-21
W-29   DO-NA   Sear-173b  Berk-NA    MIB-NA
W-30   DO-NA   Sear-173c  Berk-47    MIB-23

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin  
 
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Thessalonica
Reference Information - W30, S-173c, DOC-NA, Berk-47(this coin), MIB-23, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.46g
Diameter - 20.3 mm
Die Axis - 183°
Accepted Striking Period - 562-565
Officinae - NA
Obverse Image - Facing image of Justinian I, helmeted and cuirassed, holding globus with cross and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNIVSTINI-ANVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing holding long staff with Christogram on top, globus only, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGG, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished dies
Strike - Fine, a little weakness on Obverse and Reverse at right
Flan Quality - Fine
Wear - Minimal if any
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (XF+)
This Coin's Uniqueness - A little weakness of strike on Obverse and Reverse at right
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Rare (10 to 20 known)
Provenance - Monte Judica hoard 68, Harlan Berk's Collection, Sotheby Sale 7214 - Lot 77
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $1500.00 - $1750.00



 


W-31   DO-NA   Sear-173d  Berk-NA    MIB-NA

 

Light Weight Solidus - 22 Siliquae

Constantinople

W-1    DO-NA   Sear-140a  Berk-NA    MIB-9

 

Ravenna

W-2    DO-NA   Sear-312b  Berk-NA    MIB-38

 

Theoupolis

W-3    DO-16   Sear-212   Berk-NA    MIB-10a
W-4    DO-200  Sear-212   Berk-NA    MIB-10b
 

Light Weight Solidus - 20 Siliquae

Constantinople

W-1    DO-15   Sear-141   Berk-NA    MIB-11
W-2    DO-14   Sear-141   Berk-NA    MIB-12
W-3    DO-13   Sear-141   Berk-NA    MIB-13
W-4    DO-12   Sear-141   Berk-NA    MIB-14
W-5    DO-10   Sear-142   Berk-NA    MIB-15
W-6    DO-11   Sear-142   Berk-NA    MIB-NA
W-7    DO-NA   Sear-142a  Berk-NA    MIB-16

 

Semissis

Constantinople

W-1    DO-17   Sear-143   Berk-NA    MIB-17
W-2    DO-18   Sear-144   Berk-46    MIB-18

 

Ravenna

W-3    DO-NA   Sear-312c  Berk-NA    MIB-40'2

 

Sicily

W-4    DO-NA   Sear-328f  Berk-NA    MIB-39
W-5    DO-NA   Sear-328g  Berk-NA    MIB-40'1

 

Tremissis

Constantinople

W-1    DO-19   Sear-145   Berk-NA    MIB-19
W-2    DO-20   Sear-146   Berk-NA    MIB-NA

 

Carthagena

W-3    DO-376  Sear-343   Berk-NA    MIB-27

 

Ravenna

W-4    DO-NA   Sear-312d  Berk-NA    MIB-41'2

 

Rome

W-5    DO-NA   Sear-291a  Berk-NA    MIB-35

 

Sicily

W-6    DO-NA   Sear-328h  Berk-NA    MIB-41'1

 

Thessalonica

W-7    DO-NA   Sear-173e  Berk-NA    MIB-24
W-8    DO-NA   Sear-173f  Berk-NA    MIB-NA