You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Coins/ Search the Catalogue/ Maurice, Silver, Light Siliqua, Constantinople, 583/584-602

Maurice, Silver, Light Siliqua, Constantinople, 583/584-602

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Maurice facing right wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and diadem.

ON-CIPPVC

Reverse

Cross potent on base between two palm branches.

Obverse

Bust of Maurice facing right wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and diadem.

ON-CIPPVC

Reverse

Cross potent on base between two palm branches.

Accession number BZC.1966.9
Ruler Maurice
Date of Reign 582–602
Metal Silver
Denomination Light Siliqua
Mint Constantinople
Date 583/584602
Diameter 19.0 mm
Weight 2.17 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This is the earliest occurrence of this type of ceremonial silver, with a cross between palms on the reverse, which lasted until Justinian II. Melon wrote to Grierson in 1973 that he had a specimen of this type weighing 4.34 g (hence a light miliarense, MIBEC 142, no. 52, which was auctioned at Leu, 13 April 1975, no. 590, 4.32 g). It was unpublished when Grierson bought it. Hahn cites this specimen as DO (n.a.) together with one in Vizantiĭstiĭ Vremennik 37 (1976): 151, K.113, from a Caucasus find. Such a location is in accordance with the military destination of these ceremonial coins. Since this type replaced several others with cross on globe, it must be dated later in the reign of Maurice.

MIBEC 143, no. 55.

Acquisition History

From Hesperia Art, 6 July 1966