Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich   |   Auction 93   |   24 May 2016
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Lot 1147





Estimate: 1'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 800 CHF Price realized: 1'200 CHF
THE OSTROGOTHS
Theoderic, 493-526
Pseudo-Imperial Coinage. In the name of Anastasius, 491-518. Quarter siliqua, Mediolanum 493-526, AR 0.79 g. DN ANASTASIVS PP AVC retrograde Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust r.; in field below, IMD. Rev. INVIT – A ROMA Monogram of Theoderic; in field above, cross, and C * M below. BMC Vandals 79 var. (without IMD). Kraus 54 var. MIB I, 43 a. MEC I, 119 var. Metlich 49.
Extremely rare. Old cabinet tone and good very fine
Ex Leu sale 65, 1996, 548.
Here for the first time we can note, and it will happen often also later, that the legend INVICTA ROMA is not limited only to its mint but appears also elsewhere, as sort of emblem for the Empire. This specimen has all the characteristics of the mint of Mediolanum: on obverse, PP on the legend and IMD below the bust; on reverse below the monogram, CM (Civitas Mediolanensis).

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