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Inspired by the Epic Byzantine thread, where I have little to bring in, I bought this little Justin II penta of Theupolis (Antioch). Can't read the texts nor understand the monogram, can you help me there? I suppose the half circle at the left on the reverse means 'Epsilon' or 5.

3539. Byzantium, Justinus II (565-578). Pentanummium Theoupolis (Antioch). 14-15.5 mm, 2.54 gr. 


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I think it might be this coin: https://www.coinarchives.com/a/lotviewer.php?LotID=2225907&AucID=5395&Lot=1116&Val=18bd287783eb4d873d7d731f32ed6827

Which has the following attribution:

JUSTINIAN I (527-565). Pentanummium. Theoupolis (Antioch).

Obv: Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: Large C containing monogram.

Sear 245.

Sear says "legend usually badly blundered" for 245, so it may not be legible or comprehensible - a similar type, Sear 240, has the legend: "JVSTINIANVS PP AVG"

Perhaps you will catch the Byzantine disease? I am currently happily suffering. 😁

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