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Ostrogothic Authority, Copper, Decanummium, Ravenna, circa 526-539

 
 

Obverse

Draped bust of personification of Ravenna facing right and wearing mural crown.

FELIXR - AVENNA

Reverse

Monogram of Ravenna surrounded by garland.

Obverse

Draped bust of personification of Ravenna facing right and wearing mural crown.

FELIXR - AVENNA

Reverse

Monogram of Ravenna surrounded by garland.

Accession number BZC.1948.17.3851
Ruler Ostrogothic Authority
Associated Authority Athalaric
Theodahad
Vitiges
Metal Copper
Denomination Decanummium
Mint Ravenna
Date circa 526539
Diameter 18.0 mm
Weight 3.54 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

A decanummium of type AE 11 (see Arslan, “La monetazione dei Goti”) issued successively by Athalaric, Theodahad, and Vitiges in Ravenna.

MIB 1:29, 131, no. 72a (Rome, 512–522)

E. Arslan, “La monetazione dei Goti,” 36–37, 69, plate 3, type AE 11 (light follis series, Ravenna, time of Athalaric–539).

E. Arslan, Le monete di Ostrogoti longobardi e vandali: Catalogo delle civiche raccolte numismatiche di Milano, 21, 40, nos. 67–81 (time of Athalaric–539).

Corpus nummorum Italicorum: Primo tentativo di un catalago generale delle monete medievali e moderne coniate in Italia o da italiani in altri paesi, 10:649, nos. 1ff (Ravenna, time of Theodahad).

R. Curina, P. Farello, S. Gelichi, P. Novara, and M. L. Stoppioni, “Contesti tardo-antichi e altomedievali dal sito di Villa Clelia (Imola, Bologna),” 200 (light series, but with Theodoric).

E. Ercolani Cocchi, F. Zurli, and A. M. Iannucci, Imperi romano e bizantino: Regni barbarici in Italia attraverso le monete del Museo nazionale di Ravenna, 42–43 (Ravenna).

F. F. Kraus, Die Münzen Odovacars und des Ostgotenreiches in Italien, 222, nos. 3ff (Ravenna).

P. Grierson and M. Blackburn, Medieval European Coinage, 1: nos. 145–49 (Ravenna, 536–554).

I. Mirnik and A. Šemrov, “Byzantine Coins in the Zagreb Archaeological Museum Numismatic Collection: Anastasius I (A.D. 497–518)-Anastasius II (A.D. 713–715),” esp. 205 (Ravenna, 518–526).

G. Sambon, Repertorio generale delle monete coniate in Italia e da Italiani all’estero dal secolo vo al xxo, no. 64.

S. Suchodolksi, “Remarques sur les monnaies des Ostrogoths,” 159–60.

W. W. Wroth, Catalogue of the Coins of the Vandals, Ostrogoths and Lombards: And of the Empires of Thessalonica, Nicaea and Trebizond in the British Museum, 107, nos. 36–39 (Ravenna, “Time of Athalaric?”).

Acquisition History

Acquired from estate of Hayford Peirce, 1948