never before
Note from 'The Destruction Wrought By A Demon Emperor' chapter from 'The Secret History by Procopius

For further details see page 166.

The currency had of course been depreciated before; the weight of the aureus or solidus (called by Procopius the 'stater') had dropped in the first three centuries of our era from 1/40 lb. to 1/72 lb., worth respectively £3 15s 6d and £2 2s 0d at present values. Perhaps Procopius is not looking back so far.

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