Extremely Fine Byzantine Empire dated Emperor Justin II & Sophia Byzantine Empire 20 nummi ancient copper coin.
Denomination K = 20 nummia = 1/2 follis, NI = Nicomedia mint, reign year = ANNO YII (8) = 572/3 CE, Catalog: Sear 370.
Obverse: Justin on left & Sophia on right, seated on double throne, both nimbate, he holds globus & she a scepter.
Reverse: large K, above cross, to left ANNO to right regnal year YII, beneath NI.
Certified by NGC to XF, high grade for type with superb presentation of Royal Couple & their garments.
Dark brown patina, lightened to show details.
Justin II c. 520 – 5 October 578 was Eastern Roman Emperor from 565 to 574. 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.