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Justin II:  November 15, 565-October 5, 578


Justin II, AV Solidus, 565-578, Constantinople, Officina 2
D N I_VSTI_NVS P P AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmet with crest, cuirassed, beardless bust facing, Victory on globe in right hand, shield in left
VICTORI_A AVGGG B
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, vertical spear in right hand, globus cruciger in left
CONOB in exergue
21mm, 4.47g
SB 345


Justin II, AV Solidus, 565-578, Constantinople, Officina 5
D N I_VSTI_NVS P P AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmet with crest, cuirassed, beardless bust facing, Victory on globe in right hand, shield in left
VICTORI_A AVGGG E
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, vertical spear in right hand, globus cruciger in left
CONOB in exergue
21mm x 22mm, 4.40g
SB 345; DOC I, 4d
Ex Stack's


Justin II, AV Solidus, 565-578, Constantinople, Officina 5
D N I_VSTI_NVS P P AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmet with crest, cuirassed, beardless bust facing, Victory on globe in right hand, shield in left
VICTORI_A AVGGG E
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, vertical spear in right hand, globus cruciger in left
CONOB in exergue
19mm x 20mm, 4.35g
SB 345


Justin II, AV Tremissis, 565-578, Constantinople
D N IVSTI_NVS P P AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM
Victory standing facing, wreath in right hand, globus cruciger in left
* in right field
CONOB in exergue
16mm x 17mm, 1.47g
SB 353


Justin II, AR Siliqua, 565-578, Constantinople
D N IVSTI_NVS P P AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmet with crest, draped, cuirassed bust right
GLORIA RO_MANORVM
Justin, nimbate, standing facing, head right, vertical spear in right hand, globus cruciger in left
* in right field
CO-B in exergue
17mm, 2.24g
SB 356; DOC I, 18

In Sear Byzantine, the obverse is described as "pearl-diademed wearing crested helmet (?)". On every example I've seen of this issue, the unusual artifact in the upper field exists, so it is obviously intentional. My guess what we are seeing is the same portraiture as the gold issues, but in profile instead of frontal. If you look at the head, the celator has engraved the usual depiction of hair below the bottom string of pearls in the diadem. Above the top row of pearls, however, the head is engraved smooth. I believe this is actually the bowl of the helmet and the crest, as expected, surmounts the bowl.


Justin II, Follis, Year 3 (567/568), Constantinople, Officina 3
D N IVSTI_NVS PP AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter
Large M, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, III to right, G below
CON in exergue
28mm x 30mm, 14.60g
SB 360


Justin II, Follis, Year 3 (567/568), Constantinople, Officina 4
D N IVSTI_NVS PP AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter
Large M, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, I / II to right, D below
CON in exergue
26mm x 31mm, 12.60g
SB 360


Justin II, Decanummium, Constantinople Mint
D N IVSTI_NVS-P AVG
Justin in military dress standing, head right, globe in left hand, spear in right
Large I, cross above, between stars, CON in exergue
19mm, 3.48g
SB 362


Justin II, AE Pentanummium, 565-578, Constantinople, Officina 1
Monogram #8
Large E, A to right
13mm x 15mm, 2.04g
SB 363


Justin II, AE Pentanummium, 565-578, Constantinople, Officina 2
Monogram #8
Large E, B to right
13mm x 15mm, 2.28g
SB 363


Justin II, AE Pentanummium, 565-578, Constantinople, Officina 4
Monogram #8
Large E, D to right
13mm x 16mm, 1.90g
SB 363


Justin II, AE Pentanummium, 565-578, Constantinople
Monogram #8
Large E, cross to right
13mm x 15mm, 1.98g
SB 364


Justin II, Half Follis, Year 3 (567/568), Thessalonica
D N I_VSTI_NVS P P AVG
Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, Victory on globe in right hand, shield in left
Large K, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, pellet III to right, TES below
19mm x 22mm, 5.36g
SB 365v

Note: Variant for obverse attribute - Justin holding globus cruciger expected. This obverse is the type used on solidi, so I am listing it as a variant of 365, although this may be significant enough to warrant a separate listing number. Flan corroded on reverse on right side.


Justin II, Half Follis, Year 8 (572/573), Thessalonica
D N IVSTI_NVS P P AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding scepter
Large K, A/N/N/O to left, cross/M above, VIII to right, TES below
20mm x 21mm, 5.23g
SB 366


Justin II, Half Follis, Year 11 (575/576), Thessalonica
D [N IVSTI]_NVS P P AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding scepter
Large K, Q cross C above, A/N/N/O to left, XI to right, TES below
22mm, 5.35g
SB 366


Justin II, Half Follis, Year 13 (577/578), Thessalonica
D N IVSTI_NVS P P AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding scepter
Large K, Q cross C above, A/N/N/O to left, XI/II to right, TES below
18mm x 21mm, 5.22g
SB 366


Justin II, Follis, Year 4 (568/569), Nicomedia, Officina 2
D N IVSTI_NVS PP AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter
Large M, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, II / II to right, B below
NIKO in exergue
30mm x 32mm, 14.06g
SB 369


Justin II, Follis, Year 5 (569/570), Nicomedia, Officina 1
D N IVSTI_NVS PP AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter
Large M, cross above, A/N/N/O to left, U to right, A below, NIKO in exergue
30mm x 33mm, 13.39g
SB 369


Justin II, Follis, Year 6 (570/571), Nicomedia, Officina 1
D N IVSTI_NVS PP AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter
Large M, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, uI to right, A below
NIKO in exergue
28mm x 30mm, 13.67g
SB 369
Ex Vel Garnett Collection


Justin II, Follis, Year 10 (574/575), Nicomedia, Officina 2
D N IVSTI_NVS PP AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter
Large M, cross above, A/N/N/O to left, X to right, B below, NIKO in exergue
29mm, 13.19g
SB 369


Justin II, Follis, Year 11 (575/576), Nicomedia, Officina 1
D N IVSTI_NVS PP AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter
Large M, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, XI to right, A below, NIKO in exergue
30mm x 31mm, 13.15g
SB 369


Justin II, Follis, Year 8 (572/573), Nicomedia
D N IVSTI_NVS PP AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter
Large K, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, UI/II to right
NI in exergue
21mm x 23mm, 5.84g
SB 370


Justin II, Follis, Year 8 (572/573), Cyzicus, Officina 1
. D N IuSTIN_VS PP S AVG .
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter, cross between their heads, wavy pattern in exergue
Large M, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, VII to right, A below
KYZ in exergue
29mm x 34mm, 13.03g
SB 372

Note: This example exhibits a finer style than usually encountered and the obverse legend has been carefully engraved.


Justin II, Follis, Year 8 (572/573), Cyzicus, Officina 2
- d N IuSTINA_NVS AYS -
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter, cross between their heads, . ^^^^ in exergue
Large M, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, VII to right, B below
KYZ in exergue
29mm x 34mm, 13.03g
SB 372
Ex Vel Garnett Collection

Note: This example exhibits a finer style than usually encountered and the obverse legend has been carefully engraved and is unusual with the spelling of Justin's name and the ending with AYS.


Justin II, Follis, Year 10 (574/575), Cyzicus, Officina 1
D N IVSTI_NVS P P AG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter, cross between their heads
Large M, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, X to right, A below
KYZ in exergue
30mm x 33mm, 12.50g
SB 372
Ex Vel Garnett Collection


Justin II, Follis, Year 10 (574/575), Cyzicus, Officina 2
D N IVSTI_NVS PP AVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter, cross between their heads, wavy pattern in exergue
Large M, cross above, A/N/N/O to left, X to right, B below, KYZ in exergue
27mm x 30mm, 12.27g
SB 372


Justin II, Half Follis, Year 4 (568/569), Cyzicus
D N IVSTN_[VS] P P [AVG]
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter, cross between their heads
Large K, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, IIII to right, KYZ in exergue, no exergue line
22mm x 26mm, 7.29g
SB 373


Justin II, Half Follis, Year 10 (574/575), Cyzicus
D N IVSTN_VS P P A
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding globus cruciger, Sophia holding cruciform scepter, cross between their heads, wavy pattern in exergue
Large K, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, X to right, KVZ in exergue below line
24mm x 27mm, 5.87g
SB 373


Justin II, AE Pentanummium, 565-578, Cyzicus
Monogram #8
Large E, K to right
13mm x 14mm, 2.39g
SB 375


Justin II, Follis, Year 13 (577/578), Theoupolis (Antioch), Officina 3
VNTI_C-... (blundered legend)
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, holding globe surmounted by a large cross between them
Large M, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, X/III to right, G below
THEUP' in exergue
29mm x 31mm, 15.16g
SB 379


Justin II, Half Follis, Year 5 (569/570), Theoupolis (Antioch)
D N IVSI_VNC COVG
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, holding globe surmounted by a large cross between them, scepter in outer hand
Large K, A/N/N/O to left, cross above, II / III to right, e below
25mm x 28mm, 8.28g
SB 381


Justin II, Half Follis, Year 6 (570/571), Theoupolis (Antioch)
(Blundered legend)
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, holding globe surmounted by a large cross between them
Large K, cross above, A/N/N/O to left, UI to right, P below
25mm, 6.72g
SB 381


Justin II, Decanummium, Year 1 (565/566), Theoupolis (Antioch)
D N IV_STI-P P AVG
Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, Victory on globe crowning emperor in right hand, cross in right field
Large I surmounted by cross, A/N/N/O to left, */I/* to right, THEUP' in exergue
22mm x 24mm, 4.42g
SB 382

Note: Sear describes the obverse as "legend blundered and often unintelligible". Luckily, this coin has a very clear legend, so the type sometimes was engraved carefully enough by the celator.


Justin II, Decanummium, Year 6 (570/571), Theoupolis (Antioch)
(Blundered legend)
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, holding globe surmounted by a large cross between them
Large I surmounted by cross, A/N/N/O to left, UI to right
THEUP' in exergue
18mm x 20mm, 4.05g
SB 383


Justin II, Decanummium, Year 7 (571/572), Theoupolis (Antioch)
(Blundered legend)
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, holding globe surmounted by a large cross between them
Large I surmounted by cross, A/N/N/O to left, U/II to right, THEUP' in exergue
21mm, 4.01g
SB 383


Justin II, Decanummium, Year 8 (572/573), Theoupolis (Antioch)
IVSTI_NVt AC
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, holding globe surmounted by a large cross between them
Large I surmounted by cross, A/N/N/O to left, U/III to right, THEUP' in exergue
18mm x 19mm, 2.72g
SB 383


Justin II, Decanummium, Year 12 (576/577), Theoupolis (Antioch)
IVSTINVS-AVG N .
Justin at left, Sophia at right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, holding globe surmounted by a large cross between them
Large I surmounted by cross, A/N/N/O to left, X/II to right, THEUP' in exergue
17mm x 19mm, 3.71g
SB 383


Justin II, AR Half Siliqua, 565-578, Ravenna
D N IVSTI_NVS P P AVG
Diademed, draped bust right
Cross surmounted by Christogram, between two stars all within wreath
12mm x 13mm, 0.62g
SB 412; DOC 215; MIB I 41