THE ANCIENT BYZANTINE EMPIRE COIN CHARM

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Era- C. AD 565-578 

Materials - 18k Gold and Copper

Weight - 10.22g

Size - Length (including bail) - 40.01mm Width - 27.44mm

This coin features Justin II and his wife, Sophia.

Justin II, nephew of Justinian the Great, inherited from his uncle an empire that had increased greatly in size, but was economically close to bankruptcy. The stresses of rule, the decline of the empire, and his inability to match the achievements of his uncle eventually caused Justin to go insane. For the last five years of his life, the affairs of state were managed by his wife Sophia and the commander of the imperial guard, Tiberius. Justin spent his remaining days confined to the palace, where he frequently had to be placated by organ music played continuously day and night.