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Vandal Authority, Silver, Half Siliqua, Imitation, Carthage, circa 470-480

 
 

Obverse

Bust of ruler facing right and wearing pearl-diadem with pendants, drape, and cuirass.

[ ]NHONORI [...]

Reverse

Roma seated and holding globe in right hand and long staff in left hand.

VICTO[R ...]

Exergue

PSRV

Obverse

Bust of ruler facing right and wearing pearl-diadem with pendants, drape, and cuirass.

[ ]NHONORI [...]

Reverse

Roma seated and holding globe in right hand and long staff in left hand.

VICTO[R ...]

Exergue

PSRV

Accession number BZC.2012.001
Ruler Vandal Authority
Metal Silver
Denomination Half Siliqua
Mint Carthage
Date circa 470480
Diameter 10.0 mm
Weight 0.63 g
Relation of Dies 7:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin was minted in the name of Honorius. It may date to the time of Geiseric. It is an unpublished variety of Morrisson and Schwartz’s “degenerate group” (“Vandal Silver Coinage in the Name of Honorius,” 158–59, nos. 114–40), with the usual legend for half-siliqua (VICTO[RIAAVC]) but here with the reverse type of the siliqua (Roma seated).

Acquisition History

From Peter Schwartz, ex. J. H. Schwartz Collection, July 2012, from Melqart, coin dealer, in Alicante.