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    Anastasius: Quiet Reformer

    Anastasius I (AD 491-518). AV solidus (20mm, 4.48 gm, 7h).  Constantinople, 6th officina. D N ANASTA-SIVS PP AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius facing, head slightly right, holding spear over right shoulder and, on left arm, shield decorated with motif of horseman spearing soldier / VICTORI-A AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross; star to right; S//CONOB. Sear 3. DOC 3f. NGC (photo-certificate) MS? 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Stack's (New York, November 1991), lot 10. 

    The long reign of Anastasius I proved to be a new foundation for the East Roman state in a number of ways. A quietly capable imperial bureaucrat with an intimate knowledge of government and finance, Anastasius was elected by the Senate of Constantinople following the death of Zeno with the help of the dowager empress Ariadne. He soon embarked on a thorough restructuring of the Roman coinage and system of taxation, producing a range of new copper denominations, which improved commerce and brought a revenue windfall to the government. These reforms are usually seen as the start of the Byzantine, as opposed to East Roman, era of coinage. His religious views were unorthodox and led to unrest at the capital; the most serious revolt, by the general Vitalian, was only put down with great difficulty in AD 515. But at his death in AD 518, Anastasius left a stable and well-organized Empire with mountains of cash in the coffers, enabling the age of expansion that followed. 

    This coin from the Dimitriadis Collection has been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. It may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. E-mail if you would like to utilize this option.

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