IOW-D7CB55: Early Medieval Coin: Gold Gallic contemporary copy of a Solidus of Anastasius (491-518), possibly of the Pseudo-Merovingian coinage, c. 500-580

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Unique ID: IOW-D7CB55

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Gold Gallic contemporary copy of a Solidus of Anastasius (491-518), possibly of the Pseudo-Merovingian coinage, c. 500-580. Copied from a coin of Constantinople. Found with associated Early Medieval finds from a ploughed cemetery site (Treasure case no. 2007 T203).

Note: the BM has 7 imitations of solidi of Anastasius, but none are very similar to this piece.

References: Hahn, MIB I, type as no. 4; MEC, plate 17, c. f. nos. 336 & 347-8.


This is an obvious copy of a solidus of Anastasius. It is similar to MIB 4, except that there is a blundered letter, monogram or symbol in the reverse left field. Such monograms were used by the Burgundians on their coinage, but these coins appear to be of a better quality design (MEC 336). It is probable that this solidus falls into a category which MEC categorises as the Merovingian pseudo-imperial coinage, struck between c. 500 and c. 580 (MEC 347-8). Another Gallic imitation of a solidus of Anastasius was found by a detectorist in Hampshire (BNJ 1995, p. 234, no. 61; Abby and Williams 2006, p. 224, no. 15) and a regular solidus of Anastasius was found in East Sussex (The Searcher, Feb 2006; BNJ 2007 forthcoming).

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: British Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 500
Date to: AD 580

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 25th April 2007

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Dr Sam Moorhead
Secondary identifier: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2007-1-247; Treasure case no. 2007 T203
Museum accession number: 2010,4139.1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Solidus
Category: Coin of Merovingian Francia

Type: Gallic: imitation solidus of Anastasius I
Obverse description: Facing cuirassed bust of Anastasius, wearing helmet, and holding spear in right hand and shield in left hand
Obverse inscription: D N ANASTA - SIV(S) P P AVG (slightly blundered)
Reverse description: Victory standing left holding cross
Reverse inscription: VICTORA - A(A)VGGG(G?)(blundered) Mintmark: (?) *//(CONOB)

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
Current location: British Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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