BYZANTINE Anastasius 491-518 AD half follis Constantinople


BYZANTINE, Anastasius, 491-518 AD, half follis, no date, Constantinople mint, officina 3, Obverse: bust R, DN ANASTA P P AVG, Reverse: K, cross L, Γ R, bronze, 23-24mm, 6.83g, SB25, crude, aVF

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Anastasius was a bureaucrat who became Emperor at the age of 61 when he was chosen by the wife of his deceased predecessor, Zeno. He reformed the administration and the economy, including a coinage reform, and left the Empire in a stable condition.

We call them Byzantines, but they thought of themselves as Romans. It is not incorrect to think of the Roman Empire persisting until 1453, when the Ottomans conquered Constantinople. The main reference we are using for the Byzantine series is “Byzantine Coins and their Values,” by David Sear.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.