WILT-0A11B7: Unidentified coin : possibly a two nummus piece of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I or the Ostrogothic king of Italy, Theoderic

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COIN

Unique ID: WILT-0A11B7

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An unidentified coin, possibly a two nummus piece of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I (AD 527-65) or the Ostrogothic king of Italy, Theoderic (AD 493-526). There does appear to be a B on the reverse. The B on Byzantine coins stands for two nummi and is used on coins struck at Carthage, AD 533-8 (MIBE 190) and at Thessalonica, AD 527-38 (MIBE 177). In Ostrogothic Italy, Theoderic's 2 nummus coin from Rome, c. 493-518, has an R on the reverse which looks like a B (Metlich 80b). These coins are all scarce in the Mediterranean and none of them has ever been found in Britain. However, it is hard to find an alternative identification of this piece - the Byzantine piece from Carthage is probably the most likely candidate.

9mm in diameter and weighing 0.9g.

References:

MIBE - W. Hahn, Money of the Incipient Byzantine Empire, Vol. 1, Vienna, 2000.

Metlich - M. A. Metlich, The Coinage of Ostrogothic Italy, Spink, 2004

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: BYZANTINE
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 496
Date to: Circa AD 538

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.9 g
Diameter: 9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2012 - Monday 14th May 2012

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum Form No. 3892

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: copper 2 nummi
Ruler/issuer: Justinian I
Mint or issue place: Carthage
Obverse description: Possible trace of bust/head right
Obverse inscription: [ ]
Reverse description: David Algar noted: εI or BI Sam Moorhead suggests a B in a linear circle
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: New Forest (District)
To be known as: Martin

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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