JUSTIN I & JUSTINIAN I, 527 AD. (AV 4.14g 20.3mm) Constantinople Mint April-Aug. 527 AD. EXTREMELY FINE

Ancient Coins - JUSTIN I & JUSTINIAN I, 527 AD. (AV 4.14g 20.3mm)  Constantinople Mint April-Aug. 527 AD. EXTREMELY FINE
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JUSTIN I and JUSTINIAN I, 527 AD. (AV Solidus 4.14g 20.3mm) Constantinople Mint  Struck April 4 - August 1, 527 AD.  
OBV. D N IVSTIN ЄT IVSTINIAN PP AVG, Justin and Justinian seated facing on throne with straight sides, holding globes and cross above.  CONOB in exergue.  
RV.  VICTORI A AVCCCI, angel standing facing, holding jeweled cross in right hand and globus cruciger in left;star to right;  I//CONOB.
Sear 115. DOC 1 variant (officina). MIBE 2a.  [EXTREMELY FINE,  Clear legible, legend on both sides, an exceptional, well-centered strike.]

Justin I, with his health failing late in his reign, adopted his nephew Justinian I as his co-Augustus intent on solidifying the succession of his family. The young man, Flavius Justinianus, ascended his uncles throne and launched undoubtedly the greatest reign of the Byzantine Empire. The dual reign of Justin I and Justinian I lasted only five short months, and the joint reign minted only a handful of these coins depicting both rulers on the obverse.

    Justinian I was the most orthodox of the Byzantine emperors, and the last real Roman emperor who spoke Latin. With his general Belisarius, he was a re-conquerer of Italy and much of the old Roman Empire. He was harsh in his treatment of Jews and Samaritans. His codification of Roman law; "Corpus of Civil Law" is historically very important to western civilization. He had a massive church building program and built "Hagia Sophia", church of holy wisdom. He was married to Theodora, a Christian, an intellectual, who loved the Pope, and Justinian I was thought of as the "New Constantine".

"The character of the ruler who inspired all this magnificence is worth considering. Weak-willed and vacillating as he could often be, Justinian was, with anyone except his wife, an autocrat through and through. He possessed in full measure the faults which are all too frequently associated with absolute power; the vanity, the quickness of temper, the occasional bursts of almost paranoid suspicion, the childish jealousy of anyone ( though it was usually Belisarius) who he feared might threaten his prestige. On the other hand, his energy astonished all who knew him, while his capacity for hard work was apparently without limit. Known within his court as akoimetos ( the sleepless) he would spend whole days and nights together pondering on affairs of state, attending personally to the minutest details, wearing out whole successions of secretaries and scribes as the sky darkened, then lightened, then darkened again outside the palace windows. Such, he believed, were the duties imposed by God upon an emperor; and he performed those duties with conscientious dedication and at least until the very last years of his life, with unfailing efficiency. He must also move out among his people, dazzling them with a majesty and magnificence that reflected the glory of the empire itself. He worked ceaselessly, indefatigably, as few rulers in history have ever worked, for what he believed to be the good of his subjects. More than any other monarch in the history of Byzantium, he stamped the empire with the force of his own character; centuries were to pass before it emerged from his shadow." J.J. Norwich 1989 Byzantium, the Early Centuries "Whatever may be the verdict on his policy and achievements, there can be no doubt that Justinian was a commanding personality and a most conscientious emperor. He was lucky in being served by a number of able generals and ministers, but he had at least the merit of having picked them out and promoted them, often from very humble posts, and he directed their policy and commanded their unswerving loyalty. His own abilities were not perhaps of the first order, but he used them to the full in the service of the empire. He was immensely industrious, regularly working far into the night, and his legislation shows that he took an active interest in all departments of government and had a remarkably detailed knowledge of their complexities. His laws also show that he was deeply concerned for the welfare of his subjects, and strove to give them honest governors, protect them from fiscal extortion and assure them non-corrupt justice. Justinian had two major passions which overrode all other considerations. He was in the first place a Roman to the core. It was his boast that Latin was his native tongue. His second passion was religion. He was an earnest Christian." A.H.M. Jones
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