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    Posted: 15 Nov 2010 at 1:01pm
A friend of mine recently shared with me some pictures of a coin he recieved from a friend after a scuba diving trip, found at the bottom of the ocean. It looks to be a roman coin by my guess, but I'm no expert at all. I have here a couple pictures of the coin, forgive the low quality. The pictures are the back of the coin, and the front, respectively. 
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Not sure if you are still reading this forum! What you have there is a Follis of Justinian I (527-565 AD) from the Byzantine Empire - basically what continued of the Roman Empire after the last of the Roman puppet emperor's was killed off in Rome and they had a Germanic guy on the throne in Rome. So this was the real Roman Empire, with the capital located at Constantinople (named after Constantine I, "The Great")also known as Byzantine.
By the way, the reverse side is upside down - the 'W' you have should read as an 'M'. 'M' is the old Greek numeral for '40' = 40 Nummi, a follis.
Pity about the hole. The obverse reads, "DN IVSTINIANVS PP AVG" = Dominus Nostra Justinianus Pater Patriae Augustus. The reverse has more information, to the left of the 'M' you have ANNO (= year) and to the right XII meaning it was the twelfth year of his reign. Underneath the 'M' is a kind of 'A' denoting the oficina which I think is the exact minting place where the coin was made. I think the mint location was Nikomedia - 'NIK' in exergue below the 'M'. Nikomedia mint was in modern Turkey.
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greetings from canada equilibrium just wondering if you still readin the forum , i  wanted to let you know i have the exact same coin as your 2010 posting on the byzantine anno xii coin with the M in the back it appears to be bronze and its in very good condition , your descripyion wasvery helpfull for my own coin , im just wondering i know nothing about coins , any idea what a coin like this is worth? and is it rare? please reply.
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Still i am not sure about there coins but pictures are helpful to identify these coins.
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