Dated Emperor Justin II (565 to 578 CE) Byzantine Empire Follis ancient copper coin.
Sear 378: denomination M = 40 nummia = follis, tHEyPS = Theoupolis, Antioch mint, reign year = ANNO I = 1 = 565/6 CE, Third Officina = Γ, 17.40g, 36mm.
Certified by NGC to VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5.
Pedigree: From the Collection of a Philhellene, Ex. Baldwin's, Auction 33, (June 2000).
Obverse: D N IVt-P P AVT, helmeted, cuirassed bust of Justin II facing, Victory on globe crowning emperor in right hand, shield decorated with horseman motif in left, cross in right field.
Reverse: Large M (mark of value), A/N/N/O to left, I (date) to right, cross above, Γ (officina) below, tHEyPS (mintmark) in exergue.
Justin II c. 520 – 5 October 578 was Eastern Roman Emperor from 565 to 578. He was the husband of Sophia, nephew of Justinian I and the Empress Theodora, and was therefore a member of the Justinian Dynasty. His reign was marked by war with the Sassanid Empire, and the loss of the greater part of Italy. He presented the Cross of Justin II to Saint Peter's, Rome.