Justinian I; AE Decanummium, Rome
Description: Justinian I (527 - 565 AD). AE Decanummium, Rome mint 547-565 AD. D N IVSTINIANVS P P AV; diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and shield / Large I, star left and right, all within wreath.
Diameter: AE17 mm
Weight: 3,96 g
Attribution: DOC 331; MIBE 228; SB 308
Commentary: dark green patina, clear legends, good details
History: Two decades of Gothic Wars (535 - 554 AD) with multiple sieges, transformed Rome from, although smaller, still an ancient classical city with some hundred thousands of people, to a mere borrough of wooden huts clinging to Tiber surrounded by pasture land amidst the decaying ruins.
Article Number: 057-08-07-42384