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245, Lot: 533. Estimate $200.
Sold for $480. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BYZANTINE. Justinian I. 527-565. PB Seal (20mm, 7.63 g, 12h). [DN IVSTINI] ANVS PP AV, nimbate facing bust of Justinian I, wearing crown with plume and pendants and chlamys / Victory advancing right, holding wreath in either hand; crosses flanking. BLS I 3a. VF.


Justinian engaged in extensive military campaigns in Italy and North Africa. The widespread availability of this type of seal is a reflection on the growth of the military bureaucracy in the wake of the reconquest.