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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Denomination

    • nummus,42
  • Description

    Copper alloy coin.(obverse) Warrior standing, facing, holding spear.
    (reverse) Horse's head, left.

  • State

    • Vandal Kingdom of Africa
  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 434-533 (date of kingdom)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 11.31 grammes
    • Die-axis: 6 o'clock
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Type

        denominational mark
      • Inscription Position

        reverse exergue
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

  • Bibliography

    • Taylor Combe 1814 bibliographic details
    • BZ3 11, p.3 bibliographic details
    • MIB1 22, pl. 42 bibliographic details
    • MEC1 43-44, p. 422 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition notes

    This denotes the first catalogue produced of the British Museum coin and medal collections by Taylor Combe, the then Keeper of Antiquities, in 1814.

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • C&M Catalogue number

    • BZ3p3.11


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