Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich   |   Auction 93   |   24 May 2016
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Lot 1184





Estimate: 300 CHF   |   Starting price: 240 CHF Price realized: 1'100 CHF
THE OSTROGOTHS
Theodahad, 534-536
Pseudo-Imperial Coinage. In the name of Justinian I, 527-565. Quarter siliqua, Roma 534-536, AR 0.72 g. DN IVSTI – […] AVC Pearl-diademed, draped and curaissed bust r. Rev. DN / THEODA / HATHVS / RIX; all within wreath. BMC Vandals 5 (Ravenna). Kraus 8 (Ravenna). MIB 56. MEC I, 140. Metlich 62 (Ravenna).
Wonderful old cabinet tone and about extremely fine
Ex Vecchi sale 8, 1997, 381.
Theodahad was the most ineffective of all the Ostrogothic rulers. He probably played almost totally into Justinian’s hands and was seemingly unable to do anything to resist the Imperial forces under Belisarius in Illyria and in Sicily and Italy. He was murdered in 536, after his sudden deposition.

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