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ID:     bz0007
Type:     Byzantine
Region:     BYZANTINE EMPIRE
Issuer:     Justinian I
Date Ruled:     AD 527-565
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Decanummium
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 550/551
Diameter:     16 mm
Weight:     3.4 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     DNI_ANVSPP
Obverse Description:     Bust r. with diadem, cuirass and paludamentum
Reverse Legend:     none
Reverse Description:     Letter "I" surmounted by a crucifix, ANNO to left regnal year XXIII to right. CON in ex.
Mint Mark:     CON
Mint:     Constantinople
Primary Reference:     DOC 85.1
Photograph Credit:     Larry Gaye
Special Comments:     It is interesting to note how precise and well struck the reverse is, the obverse is a soft strike.
Notes:     DOC: "Grierson thinks that the neat fabric and western aspect of the bust on this coin and others of the same year is evidence of the import of moneyers from the west." P.99,Volume I note on 85.1.