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Justinian I, Copper, Nummus, Carthage, 527-565

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Justinian I facing right. Inscription illegible.

Reverse

Palm tree and fruit.

Obverse

Bust of Justinian I facing right. Inscription illegible.

Reverse

Palm tree and fruit.

Accession number BZC.1971.25.10
Ruler Justinian I
Date of Reign 527–565
Metal Copper
Denomination Nummus
Mint Carthage
Date 527565
Diameter 7.0 mm
Weight 0.62 g
Relation of Dies 11:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Philip Grierson wondered if this coin could be from the reign of Emperor Maurice. This was also Hahn's attribution in MIB 2:124, no. 134. The evidence from hoards and excavations have since proven that the coin should be given either to the last Vandal king Geilamir or to the early reign of Justinian. See C. Morrisson, “Coin Finds in Vandal and Byzantine Carthage: A Provisional Assessment” and M. Asolati, “L’emissione vandala con il palmizio: Prototipi punici e l'evidenza dei ripostigli.”

MIBE 169, no. 134a.

Acquisition History

Gift of Philip Grierson from Mazard Collection via Madame Kapamadji