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Anastasius I (491-518AD)

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Anastasius I (491-518AD)

Anastasius I Byzant

Anastasius I Dicorus (c. 431-518AD) was a prudent and competent emperor. Following the death of Zeno in 491, the people wanted a Roman and an Orthodox Christian emperor. Ariadne, Zeno’s widow, turned to Anastasius I, who was in his sixties at the time of his ascension to the throne. Religiously he was acceptable so Ariadne married Anastasius shortly after his accession on May 20th, 491AD. His reign gained the popular support of the people.

Anastasius I was a Monophysite Christian who held that in the person of the incarnated Word, there was only one nature—the divine. The was labeled as a heresy and his personal religious tendencies caused tensions throughout his reign in the empire. Christianity had been deeply divided over this question was Christ only divine or also human.

Monetary System

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Note: In 498 AD, a major reform broke with the tradition of Roman denominations. Traditionally, the dividing line is drawn between the Roman and Byzantine coinage as far as the bronze is concerned.

Mints: Thessalonica; Constantinople

Obverse Legends:




Anastasius I Solidus Semissis Tremissis AE4

AU Solidus (4.50 grams)
AU Semissis (2.25 grams)
AU Tremissis (1.45 grams)
AR Heavy Miliarense
AR Miliarense (4.50 grams)

AR Siliqua (3.25 grams)
AE4 nummus


Anastasius Reform

AE Follis

AE Half- Follis

AE Decanummium

AE Pentanummium


Anastasius Indian Imitation
AU Solidus

Monetary History of the World
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