Byzantine lead seal of emperor Justinian I (527-565). Important historical piece

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller charmonas (587) 100%, Location: LIMASSOL, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 173899201739 0 0 1 71 409 Μονὴ Λεκατσᾶ 3 1 479 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Interesting historically byzantine lead seal of emperor Justinian I (527-565).Condition: Fine/Very Fine (as in pictures). Uncleaned. Natural earthen patina. Diam.: 16X22 mm Weight: 6.53 gr. Obverse: Bust of the emperor Justinian I nimbate, circular inscription: DNIUSTINI[ANUS PPAUG]=Dominus noster Iustinianus Perpetuus Augustus.Rev.: Winged Victory holding wreath in either hand, a cross on either side.CommentaryOne could argue on the basis of the depiction of Justinian as a nimbate facing bust that this seal and others were issued after 538. A facing bust first appears on solidi issued by Justinian between 538 and 545. On issues of earlier date the emperor’s head is turned slightly to the right, and he holds a spear behind the head; however, currently there are no seals of Justinian with this design. The possibility, then, is that none were ever struck and that from 527 onward the chancery regularly employed seals bearing a representation of the emperor as a facing bust. Then there is the matter of Justinian’s nimbus. On solidi issued during the joint reign of Justin I and Justinian (4 April 527–1 August 527) the two emperors are shown seated and nimbate (see, for example, DOC1:1a [pl. 12]). One could maintain that Justinian’s nimbus is rooted in a tradition stemming from gold emissions of April to August of 527 and that the use of the nimbus for decoration on seals was present early in Justinian’s reign, and is not unknown among his coins. Although rare, there is the case of the famous medallion with triumphal scene stolen from the Paris Collection in 1831 (see MIB1: p. 46, and pl. 14, no. 1; also BNC1: pl. 8). In addition there is a special issue of silver coinage struck at Constantinople after the issuance of silver was reorganized in 537 (nimbate emperor with a spear:MIB 1: p. 55 and pl. 18, nos. 42–45; also BNC1:4/Cp/AR/3–4; pl. 10) . If the nimbus on seals is linked to coin decoration, one could point to these silver issues and reasonably suggest that their influence took hold after 537, but such an argument is hardly conclusive.The image of Winged Victory holding a wreath is encountered on tremisses issued by Justinian between 527 and 565. With the addition of crosses the reverse of this seal has become somewhat more “Christian” than the reverse of the tremissis.(from Dumbarton Oaks seals on line) A nice and rare piece, acquired in a European auction.Please check well photos for condition!No reserve, no returns! PLEASE NOTE: PAYMENT BY PAYPAL ONLY, AFTER 3-5 DAYS THE AUCTION HAS ENDED, OTHERWISE THE ITEM WILL BE RELISTED. SHIPPING AFTER PAYMENT CLEARING BY REGISTERED MAIL WITH TRACKING NO.I DO COMBINE SHIPPING. IN CASE OF MULTIPLE PURCHASES, DO NOT PAY UNTIL I SEND YOU AN INVOICE WITH A DEDUCTION IN SHIPPING COST. MANY THANKS FOR LOOKING MY ITEM. PLEASE HAVE ALSO A LOOK ON THE REST I HAVE ON EBAY. Condition: Condition Fine/Very Fine, as in pictures. Uncleaned, with natural earthen patina. A 100% genuine piece., Cleaned/Uncleaned: Uncleaned, Modified Item: No, Grade: F/VF

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