Justin II

565-578

Justin the second, as was the case with Justinian himself, is a lucky nephew who is chosen as successor immediately after his uncle's death by members of the army and palace guard. The new emperor set about to gain the favor of the people by enacting a number of popular reforms. These, unfortunately, were to have relatively little long term effect as new threats appeared on the horizon almost at once. The fateful decision to stop paying off one band of barbarians, the Avars, degenerates into a domino effect that results in the rapid loss of possessions in Italy, Africa and the toehold in Spain. Meanwhile trouble flares up east as well and the armies are unable to deal effectively with so many fronts. Which is to say, ironically, that peace could only be secured by new annual tributes. Only this time, of course, minus the previous territories.

After years of disappointing news Justin is heartbroken and mentally ill. When it has become evident that he is no longer capable of his duties his wife Sophia nominates Tiberius as successor, a capable commander who had been until then the Master of the Guards, so that the emperor could retire.

AU Solidus


SB 344, DOC I 3 AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield (with beard).
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGθ Exe: CONOB - Constantinopolis enthroned facing, holding scepter and globus cruciger. 565-566 (Constantinople). $300 5/22/02.



SB 345, DOC I 4, MIB II 4 AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield (beardless).
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGB Exe: CONOB - Constantinopolis, helmeted, seated facing, head right, holding scepter in left hand and globe in right. 565-566 (Constantinople).



SB 345, DOC I 4f, MIB II 4 AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield (beardless).
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGZ Exe: CONOB - Constantinopolis, helmeted, seated facing, head right, holding scepter in left hand and globe in right. 565-566 (Constantinople).



SB 345, DOC I 4, MIB II 4 AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield (beardless).
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGΔ Exe: CONOB - Constantinopolis, helmeted, seated facing, head right, holding scepter in left hand and globe in right. 565-566 (Constantinople). $240 1/16/02.



SB 346, DOC I 5, MIB II 1 AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGI Exe: /CONOB - Constantinopolis, helmeted, seated facing, head right, holding scepter in left hand and globe in right. c.565-578 (Constantinople). $300 9/24/03.



SB 347, DOC I 6, MIB II 13a AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGI Exe: +/CONOB - Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger. (Alexandria?).



SB 391, DOC I 210 AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAV - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: CONOB - Constantinopolis seated facing, holding scepter and cross on globe. (Carthage).



SB 407, DOC I 210b.2 AU Solidus Obv: Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGP Exe: CONOB - Constantinopolis seated facing, holding scepter and globus cruciger. (Ravenna). $825 9/24/03.



SB 416a, MIB II 21, Berk 72d AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield.
Rev: Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding scepter in left hand and globe in right. (Sicily). $2,000 1/16/02.



SB 417, DOC I 1, MIB I AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINIETCONSTAN Exe: PPAVG - Crowned, draped facing busts of Justin II and Tiberius II; cross above and in between.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGZ Exe: CONOB - Victory standing facing, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger. Sep-Oct 578 (Constantinopolis). $45,000 1/12/04.


AU Lightweight Solidus


SB 351 AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: θS+ - Constantinopolis seated facing, holding spear and globe. $300 9/19/02.



SB 376, DOC I 138, MIB II 8 AU Solidus Obv: Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: θS+ - Constantinopolis seated facing, holding spear and globe. $300 5/21/03.


AU Semissis


SB 352, DOC I 12, MIB II 10 AU Semissis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: /CONOB - Victory seated right, writing on shield; Christogram to right. (Constantinopolis).



SB 416c, DOC I 211, MIB II 24 AU Semissis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: /CONOB - Victory seated right, inscribing shield set upon her knees; star to left; Christogram to right. (Sicily).



SB 416d AU Solidus Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVI - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG(indictional I) Exe: /CONOB - Victory seated right, inscribing shield; curved reversed P-headed cross to right. (Sicily). $750 9/24/03.


AU Tremissis


SB 353, DOC I 13 AU Tremissis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGVSTORV Exe: /CONOB - Victory advancing right, holding wreath and globus cruciger. (Constantinople). $140 9/24/03



SB 410, DOC I 212 AU Tremissis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVI - Diademed and draped bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGVSTORV: Exe: /CONOB - Victory standing facing, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger. (Ravenna). $280 9/25/02.



SB 416e AU Tremissis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGVSTORVM Exe: /CONOB - Victory advancing left with wreath and globus. (Sicily).


AR Siliqua


SB 356, DOC I 18, MIB II 30 Siliqua Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM Exe: /COB - Justin II standing facing, holding spear and globus cruciger. (Constantinopolis).


AR Half Siliqua


SB 412, MIB 41, DOC I 215 Half Siliqua Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAV - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: Wreath, Christogram with star on either side within. (Ravenna).


AR Quarter Siliqua


SB 414 Quarter Siliqua Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAV - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: Wreath, Christogram on globe within. (Ravenna).


AR 250 Nummi


SB 411, MIB 40, DOC I 213a 250 Nummi Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAV - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: Large CN Exe: - Wreath, legend within. (Ravenna).


AE Follis (40 Nummi)


SB 360, DOC I 22, MIB II 43 AE Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Justin and Sophia on throne holding cruciform scepter .
Rev: Large M Exe: A/CON - Chi-Rho above, regnal date to right and ANNO to left. (Constantinople). $22 9/1/02.



SB 360, DOC I 22c, MIB II 43 AE Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Justin and Sophia on throne holding cruciform scepter .
Rev: Large M Exe: Γ/CON - Chi-Rho above, regnal date to right and ANNO to left. (Constantinople).



SB 369 AE Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Justin I seated facing on left, holding cross on globe and Sophia seated facing on right, holding cross.
Rev: Large M Exe: /NIKO - Cross above, regnal date to right and ANNO to left. (Nicomedia).



SB 372, DOC I 120a, MIB II 50b AE Follis Obv: DNIYSTINVSPPAVG - Justin and Sophia on throne holding cruciform scepter.
Rev: Large M Exe: A/KYZ - Cross above, regnal date to right, ANNO to left. (Cyzicus).



SB 372 AE Follis Obv: DNIYSTINVSPPAVG - Justin and Sophia on throne holding cruciform scepter.
Rev: Large M Exe: B/KYZ - Cross above, regnal date to right, ANNO to left. (Cyzicus).



SB 379 AE Follis Obv: DNIYSTINVSPPAVG - Justin and Sophia seated, facing, together holding cross on globe.
Rev: Large M Exe: /THEP - Cross above, regnal date to right, ANNO to left. (Thessalonica).



SB 603 (Maurice Tiberius), DOC 297 (M. Tiberius), MIB II 159 (M. Tiberius) AE Follis Obv: XEP CWNOC - Justin I standing facing on left, holding cross on globe and Sophia standing facing on right, holding cross.
Rev: Large M - Cross above M and Maurice Tiberius standing to left, holding scepter Christogram scepter. (Cherson).


AE Half Follis


SB 361 AE Half Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAV - Justin and Sophia seated facing each holding a scepter.
Rev: Large K Exe: Γ - ANNO to left, cross above and regnal year to right. (Constantinopolis).



SB 365 AE Half Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVI - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding globe with cross and shield.
Rev: Large K Exe: TES - Cross above, regnal date to right and ANNO to left. (Thessalonica). $6 9/5/02.



SB 366 AE Half Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAV - Justin and Sophia seated facing each holding a cross.
Rev: Large K Exe: TES - Cross above, regnal date to right and ANNO to left. (Thessalonica).



SB 370 AE Half Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Justin and Sophia on throne holding cruciform scepter.
Rev: Large K Exe: NI - Cross above, regnal date to right and ANNO to left. (Nicomedia). $24 9/5/02.



SB 395, DOC I 199 AE Half Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG Exe: VITA - Justin II and Sophia crowned busts facing; cross above.
Rev: Large K Exe: S/KAR - ANNO to left, cross above and regnal date to right.



SB 404, DOC I 206, MIB II 95a AE Half Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Justin II and Sophia seated facing, Justin holding a globus cruciger and Sophia a cross.
Rev: Large XX with cross above Exe: ROM.



SB 608 (Maurice Tiberius), DOC 298 (Maurice Tiberius), MIB II 162 AE Half Follis Obv: XEPCWNOC - Justin, on left, standing facing, holding globus cruciger, and Sophia, on right, standing facing, holding long cruciger scepter.
Rev: Large K; to left, nimbate and togate figure holding long Chi-Rho. (Cherson). $4,250 1/16/02.



SB 610 (Maurice Tiberius), DOC 301 (Maurice Tiberius) AE Half Follis Obv: Justin and Sophia standing facing; cross between their heads.
Rev: Tiberius standing at left, holding long cross with large Δ to right. (Cherson). $300 5/22/02.



Unlisted SB, MIB III N88 AE Half Follis Obv: Justin and Sophia standing facing; cross between their heads.
Rev: Large K. (Salona). $140 9/25/03.


AE 10 Nummi


SB 362, DOC I 59 AE Quarter Follis Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Justin II standing right, holding spear and globe.
Rev: Large I Exe: CON - Cross above and to either side. (Constantinople).



SB 382 AE Decanummi Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Justin II and Sophia seated facing, together holding a globus cruciger and each a cross.
Rev: Large I Exe: THEUP' - ANNO to left, cross above and regnal date to right. (Antioch).



SB 399, DOC I 195, BMC 255 AE Decanummi Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing holding shield.
Rev: Large I; S to left, TI over NI to right. (Carthage).



SB 415a AE Decanummi Obv: DNIVSTINVSPPAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing holding globus cruciger.
Rev: Cross, ANNO to left, regnal year to right. (Ravenna).


AE 8 Nummi


SB 606 (Maurice Tiberius) AE Fifth of Follis Obv: Justin and Sophia standing facing; cross between their heads.
Rev: Large H, Tiberius standing at left, holding long cross. (Cherson).


AE 5 Nummi


SB 363 AE Pentanummium Obv: Justin II monogram.
Rev: Large ε, to right.