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Lot 1130





Estimate: 2'500 CHF   |   Starting price: 2'000 CHF ---
THE OSTROGOTHS
Theoderic, 493-526
Pseudo-Imperial Coinage. In the name of Anastasius, 491-518. Solidus, Roma 493-526, AV 4.37 g. DN ANASTA – SIVS PF AVC Pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, three-quarters r., holding spear and decorated shield with horseman and fallen enemy motif. Rev. VICTOR – I – A AVCCC Christogram Victory standing l., holding long jewelled cross; in r. field, star, and in exergue, COMOB. BMC Vandals 62. Kraus 6. MIB I, 6. Lacam pl. 58, 86. MEC I, 113. Metlich 4.
Very rare. Graffito on obverse and edge scuff at eleven o’clock on
reverse, otherwise good very fine / extremely fine
Ex NAC sale 25, 2003, 643.
Arslan cites the existence of only five specimens of this type. This coin has the characteristics of the Roma mint: the fillets of the diadem curled upwards; the letter B in the exergue is slightly larger and slanted; Victory’s wings are composed of vertical lines and the use of PF (perpetuus felix) and COMOB on the reverse. This coin represents one of the first issues of the Roma mint.

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