Byzantine / Solidus of Justinian I (r. 527?565) / 538?565Byzantine
Solidus of Justinian I (r. 527?565)

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Dates/Places: Minted in Constantinople
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Solidus of Justinian I (r. 527?565)
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 538
Creation End Date: 565
Creation Date: 538?565
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: gold
Dimensions: Diam. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Description: Coins connected an emperor to his subjects. Through inscriptions and images, they conveyed imperial ideals and commemorated auspicious events. The emperor paid the army and received taxes in coins, and he was responsible for maintaining their weight and purity. This coin was minted under Justinian, whose preference for a completely frontal portrait?rather than the traditional profile?would set a standard for the rest of Byzantine history.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 99.35.7406
Credit Line: Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, 1898
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.99.35.7406
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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