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Lot 1137





Estimate: 1'200 CHF   |   Starting price: 960 CHF Price realized: 1'700 CHF
THE OSTROGOTHS
Theoderic, 493-526
Pseudo-Imperial Coinage. In the name of Anastasius, 491-518. Half siliqua, Roma 493-526, AR 1.50 g. DN ANAST – ASIVS AVC Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust r.; below bust, Ÿ R Ÿ. Rev. Six-rayed star within wreath. BMC Vandals 22. Kraus 36. MIB I, 37a. MEC I, 117 var. (without R). Metlich 43a.
Very rare and in exceptional condition for the issue. Old cabinet
tone and good extremely fine
Ex Kunst und Münzen 10, 1973, 184, and Leu 77, 2000, 780 sales.
Under Theoderic a six-rayed star appeared on half siliquae, resulting from a decline of the Christogram. During that time, probably there were two different administrations for minting the gold and the silver issues. On silver coins, we noticed a modification of the style but also of the legends compared to the gold and bronze specimens. Furthermore, we also saw the brief appearance of mintmarks from 492 until 518.
At Rome, mintmarks were replaced with just two dots, which were then abandoned after 518.

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