Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich   |   Auction 93   |   24 May 2016
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Lot 1139





Estimate: 3'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 2'400 CHF Price realized: 7'000 CHF
THE OSTROGOTHS
Theoderic, 493-526
Pseudo-Imperial Coinage. In the name of Anastasius, 491-518. Solidus, Ravenna 493-526, AV 4.48 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. VICTORI – A AVCCC A Victory standing l., holding long jewelled cross; in r. field, star, and in exergue, COMOBZ. BMC Vandals –. Kraus 14. Tolstoi 84. MIB I, 14. Lacam pl. 58, 85. MEC I, –. Metlich –.
Exceedingly rare. Virtually as struck and Fdc
Ex M. Dürr - R. Michel sale 8 November 1999, Lacam, 259.
This coin is exceedingly rare because we know of only two other specimens: the first in the Tolstoi collection (n. 84) and the second in the Gabinetto Numismatico Bizantino 17/2 of Turin. Nowadays there are different opinions on whether the mint may be Roma or Ravenna, but Hahn ascribes the issue to the latter.

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