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Anastasios I, Gold, Solidus, Constantinople, 491

 
 

Obverse

Three-quarter view bust of Anastasios I wearing helmet with diadem with pendants. Spear in right hand, shield on left shoulder. Five pellets on breastplate. Faint graffito in right field.

DNNSTS-IVSTRPVC

Reverse

Victory standing facing left with long cross in right hand.

VICTORI-VCCCB

Symbol

Eight-pointed star in field right.

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Three-quarter view bust of Anastasios I wearing helmet with diadem with pendants. Spear in right hand, shield on left shoulder. Five pellets on breastplate. Faint graffito in right field.

DNNSTS-IVSTRPVC

Reverse

Victory standing facing left with long cross in right hand.

VICTORI-VCCCB

Symbol

Eight-pointed star in field right.

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.2013.027
Ruler Anastasios I
Date of Reign 491–518
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Constantinople
Date 491
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 4.47 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin comes from the Jericho hoard, a lot of coins bought from a Jericho dealer by an Austrian collector from Carinthia. Circumstances of the find are unknown. This group of coins were later auctioned at Rauch, 12 May 1973, nos. 663–84. (Information by W. Hahn email to C. Morrisson, November 2013.)

MIBE 82, no. 3a4.

Acquisition History

Numismatica Ars Classica (Zurich), auction 75, 18 November 2013, no. 452