coin pendant / coin
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.
- Minted in: Ravenna
- (Europe,Italy,Emilia-Romagna,Ravenna (province),Ravenna (city))
- Found/Acquired: Italy (?)
- Height: 3.7 centimetres
Inscription ContentVICTORIA AVGG H CONOB
Inscription ContentD N MAVRC TIB PP AVG
Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)
Mediterranean region? (Trustees Report, 3.6.1933)
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Select details from unpublished Summary Catalogue by Marion Archibald, John Kent and Nicholas Lowick, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum.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*
Victory standing facing, holding long cross, surmounted by rho, and cross on globe
Ref. Hahn W., 'Moneta Imperii Byzanti', vol. 11, pl. 20:387, Vienna 1973.'
Not on display
12 July 2002
Reason for treatment
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.
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.
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.
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Object reference number: MCS10250
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