A visit to where my Byzantine coin was made
Constantinople, Castle Seven Towers, Yedikule, Istanbul
1. Justinian copper follis (Constantinople)
Bronze, 30mm, 17.98gm
Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AVG
Large letter "M", star left, cross top, cross right, Γ under large "M"
CON in exergue
Struck: AD 527-538 Constantinople mint
I have several Byzantine bronze coins and became curious as to the location of the
Constantinople mint that made them, especially the Justinian coin.
(Dumbarton Oaks, 1992) places the Constantinople mint for bronze coins near the "Golden Gate".
I was back at my hotel whose lobby had some books about Turkey and Istanbul.
Across the Hellespont: A Literary Guide to Turkey (Hutchinson, 1987)
which had a map of Constantinople showing the "Golden Gate" to be in a place
called the "Castle of the Seven Towers", part of the 4th century walls around the city.
The walls were constructed during the reign of Theodosius II.
The "Golden Gate" was a location for ceremonial entrances into the city and for holding imperial Triumphs.
to the Yedikule Castle museum.
2. The street to the museum
3. A sign describing the castle complex
I had the castle to myself for an hour, probably because it is not mentioned in many guide books.
4. The Golden Gate
Later a tour bus with some teenagers showed up and they began climbing around on the walls.
5. The museum entrance and the tour bus group
The castle has some views of the city.
6. Three of the towers, named the Treasure, Dungeon, and Cannon towers
The trip sure made this coin even more interesting.
7. Justinian Gold Solidus Victory (Constantinople)
Gold, 21mm, 4.43gm
Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing three-quarters to right, holding spear over shoulder and shield
DN IVSTINI-ANVS PP AVG
Victory standing facing, holding jeweled cross and cross on globe, star in right field
VICTORI - A AVGGG B (Oficina B)
CONOB in exergue
Struck: AD 527-537 Constantinople mint