A fun little barbarous, but what were they trying to convey on the reverse? ID help

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ryro, Aug 5, 2021.

  1. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    I've always been a fan of the underdog. Which is probably why I'm drawn to barbarous and Celtic coins. Coins from the peoples that history doesn't let us know much about from their perspectives.
    Here, I picked up a fun little snack thinking once it was in hand I'd have an easier time figuring out what the reverse was was. I figured it was probably a walking victory.
    But now that it's in hand it looks kinda like a guy with a horse?
    Their description:
    Barbarous AE Coins. 5th century AD.
    Condition:Very fine
    Weight: 1.1 gr
    Diameter: 13 mm
    My Pic
    Theirs (it was backwards with the head upside down)

    Any ideas of if this is an imitative, what's the reverse supposed to be and who this is an imitative of?
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  3. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    the reverse looks like a VIRTVS EXERCITI, Victory crowning Emperor

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  4. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, I cannot identify the coin. By default, these coins get attributed to the Vandals, a Germanic people that entered Africa in 429 under their king Gaiseric. However, the Vandals ran a well organized monetary system that supplied their trading towns with reasonably wellstruck coins of all denominations (appart from gold). Instead, I think it is more likely that these coins were produced in other African provinces to alleviate small-change shortages. Since these coins circulated typically not individually, but in bags, not much attention was given to their design.
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  5. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    I agree with Victor.

    I picked up two barbarous VIRTVS EXERCITI types earlier in the year; it seemed to be a favorite type after the FEL TEMP fell out of use, and before the cross types
    Barbarous AE4 Gloria exercitvs victory .jpg Vandals barbarous Honorius VIRTVS EXERCITI.jpg
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