Dated Emperor Justin II (565 to 578 CE) with Sophia Byzantine Empire Follis ancient copper coin.
Sear 372: denomination M = 40 nummia = follis, KYZ = Cyzicus mint, reign year = ANNO X = 10 = 574/5 CE, Second Officina = B, 13.29g, 29mm.
Certified by NGC to AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, high grade for type.
Pedigree: From the Collection of a Philhellene, Ex. Numismatica Ars Classica (NAC), Auction 56, (8 October 2010), lot 589.
Obverse: D N IVSTI-NVS P P A, Justin on left holding globus cruciger in right hand, and Sophia on right with cruciform scepter in right hand, both nimbate and seated facing on throne, cross between their heads, wavy pattern in exergue.
Reverse: Large M (mark of value), A/N/N/O to left, X (date) to right, cross above, B (officina) below, KYZ (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.