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Maurice, Copper, Decanummium, Rome, 582-602

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Maurice wearing cuirass and helmet with plume. Globus cruciger in right hand.

Symbol

Cross in right field.

Reverse

I between two crosses enclosed in a wreath.

Obverse

Frontal bust of Maurice wearing cuirass and helmet with plume. Globus cruciger in right hand.

Symbol

Cross in right field.

Reverse

I between two crosses enclosed in a wreath.

Accession number BZC.1972.25
Ruler Maurice
Date of Reign 582–602
Metal Copper
Denomination Decanummium
Mint Rome
Date 582602
Diameter 15.0 mm
Weight 3.16 g
Relation of Dies 12:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Grierson noted: “Compare to DOC 1:372, no. 295, but these have [one] step above and below cross. Identification of emperor is uncertain; it could be Justinian.”

Grierson identified this coin to be of an “uncertain Italian mint.” Hahn and Metlich (MIBEC 170, no. V140) attributed this coin to Sicily. But Morrisson and Arslan (“Monete e moneta a Roma nell’alto Medioevo,” no. 12) reattributed it to Rome on the basis of local finds.

Acquisition History

Gift of Philip Grierson, 13 September 1972; given to Grierson by John Sloan