Justin II & Sophia, AD 565-578
AE Follis. 12.22g, 31.6mm
MINTED: Constantinople mint, RY 5 (AD 569/570)
REF: Sear Byzantine 360
OBVERSE: D N IVSTINVS P P AV, Justin and Sophia enthroned facing, both nimbate and crowned.
REVERSE: Large M; cross above, gamma between, ANNO - V across field, CON in exergue.
Dark blackish-green patina.
Justin II, nephew of Justinian the Great, inherited from his uncle an empire that had increased greatly in size, but was economically close to bankruptcy. The stresses of rule, the decline of the empire, and his inability to match the achievements of his uncle eventually caused Justin to go insane. For the last five years of his life, the affairs of state were managed by his wife Sophia and the commander of the imperial guard, Tiberius. Justin spent his remaining days confined to the palace, where he frequently tried to bite his caretakers and had to be placated by organ music played continuously day and night.
BYZANTINE EMPIRE . Justin II with Sophia, AD 565-578 . AE Follis
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