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    A Trio of Rare Joint Reign Solidi

    Justin I and Justinian I (4 April-1 August AD 527). AV solidus (20mm, 4.44 gm, 6h). Constantinople, 2nd officina. D N IVSTIN ЄT IVSTINIAN PP AVG, Justin and Justinian, nimbate, seated facing with right knee of each advanced, hands clasped at breasts; above, cross between; in exergue, CONOB / VICTORI-A AVG, Angel standing facing, holding long cross and globus cruciger; to right, star. DOC -. MIB 1, 1c. SB 115B. Rare. Small planchet flaw at 4h on obverse. Extremely Fine.

    The career of Justin I shows the remarkable social mobility possible in the Late Roman Empire. Starting out adult life as a swineherd of rough Thraco-Roman stock, Justin fled to Constantinople when a barbarian invasion wiped out his flocks. He entered the army, rose through the ranks and became commander of the Emperor Anastasius' palace guard. Upon Anastasius' death in 518, Justin was chosen as his successor by the army and Senate, even though he was illiterate and of low birth. He soon adopted his clever and industrious nephew, Flavius Petrus Sabbatius, as his son and chief advisor, giving him the name Justinian. Some historians assert Justin was little more than a figurehead for Justinian, the real power behind the throne. In AD 525, Justin issued an edict repealing a law prohibiting men of the senatorial class from marrying commoners, particularly women of the theater, thus paving the way for Justinian to marry the actress Theodora. With his health failing, Justin in April of AD 527 made Justinian co-emperor and issued coins celebrating the joint reign. Justin died in August, and his nephew commenced on a momentous reign that brought Byzantium to the height of its splendor.


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