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coin pendant / coin

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1933,0614.1

  • Description

    Gold coin pendant; coin (solidus) of Maurice Tiberius (582-602); mounted border of concentric beaded wires; suspension loop a hollow bead enriched with filigree; antique repairs; obverse: bust facing, helmeted, diademed, cuirassed and draped; holds cross on globe in right hand; reverse: Victory standing facing, holding long cross, surmounted by rho, and cross on globe.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 7thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 3.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        VICTORIA AVGG H CONOB
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        D N MAVRC TIB PP AVG
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)

    Provenance:
    Mediterranean region? (Trustees Report, 3.6.1933)

    Published:
    SMITH R.A. 1933. A Pendant with Byzantine Coin, British Museum Quarterly VIII, no. 1, London, pp. 47-8 no. 45, pl. XVa

    Select details from unpublished Summary Catalogue by Marion Archibald, John Kent and Nicholas Lowick, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum. no. 385.
    'Gold solidus of Maurice (582-602)
    Obv. D N MAURC-Tib PP AVG; bust facing, helmeted, diademed, cuirassed and draped; holds cross on globe in right hand
    Rev. VICTORI-A AVGG H. 1*
    CONOB
    Victory standing facing, holding long cross, surmounted by rho, and cross on globe
    Mint Ravenna
    Ref. Hahn W., 'Moneta Imperii Byzanti', vol. 11, pl. 20:387, Vienna 1973.'

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  • Condition

    Antique repair.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 July 2002

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Light Clean

    Condition

    The object is in good condition overall. There is dirt and dust on the surface of the obect and there is excavation dirt in the filgree work. The surface of the coin is also lightly tarnished.

    Treatment details

    March 1985 Req 25681 Gold dirty. Wash in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) with soft brush. Polished with long term silver cloth. R.Goldstraw. July 2002 The dirt and dust was removed using cotton swabs of Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol). The dirt in the filigree was removed using the end of a satay stick and a scalpel blade. The tarnish on the coin was removed with swabs of 10% Detarol in distilled water. This was rinsed off with distilled water and solvent dried. Care was taken to avoid the filigree area of the object.

    About these records 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1933

  • Acquisition notes

    It is uncertain if the pendant was acquired from the 6th, 7th, or 8th Marquess of Sligo, although perhaps more likely the 7th as the BM acquired other material from him in the 1930s.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1933,0614.1

Gold coin pendant; coin (solidus) of Maurice Tiberius (582-602); mounted border of concentric beaded wires; suspension loop a hollow bead enriched with filigree; antique repairs; obverse: bust facing, helmeted, diademed, cuirassed and draped; holds cross on globe in right hand; reverse: Victory standing facing, holding long cross, surmounted by rho, and cross on globe.

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