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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2010,4139.1

  • Denomination

    • solidus
  • Description

    Gold coin.(obverse) Helmeted, diademed, and cuirassed bust of Anastasius I, facing, holding spear and shield.
    (reverse) Victory standing, left, holding long cross.

  • State

    • Visigothic Kingdom
  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 4.18 grammes
    • Die-axis: 6 o'clock
    • Diameter: 21 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        D N ANASTA-SIVS PP AVG
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin/Greek
      • Inscription Content

        VICTORA-AAVG(GGAI)
      • Inscription Type

        mintmark
      • Inscription Position

        reverse field and exergue
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        - *//CO(MOB)
  • Curator's comments

    This coin is 'attributed to the Merovingians, c.500-c.580' (by both MEC and Lafaurie), but this series is notoriously difficult to make close attributions and stylistically similar coins in the British Museum trays are currently also attributed to the Visigoths and the Burgundians.

    For the associated material in the Department of Prehistory & Europe see: 2006,0305.87 ff. Overall, the finds comprise just over 105 objects from the same ploughed-out Anglo-Saxon cemetery as the large and small groups reported previously as Treasure (2004 T187, and 2006 T62 respectively), which have since been acquired by the British Museum.

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  • Bibliography

    • MEC1 cf.343, p.463 (pl.17) bibliographic details
    • Lafaurie 1997 cf.fig. 5d bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2010

  • Acquisition notes

    Metal-detector find. Nos 87-190 formed a third batch of finds from the Shorwell site, which was separately purchsed from the previous batches. This solidus from the batch was acquired separately by C&M dept.

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    2010,4139.1

  • Additional IDs

    • 2007T0203(117) (Treasure number)
Gold coin.

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