Could this be an ancient gothic coin II?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by monetarium, May 10, 2017.

  1. monetarium

    monetarium Member

    OK, now that I was able to upload the pictures, here we go again...

    Do you believe this is late roman coin?

    Its size is about the same of a US dime...

    Any comments?


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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    My guess is Byzantine
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  4. monetarium

    monetarium Member

    Thanks, Bing!
  5. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Looks like a dodecanummium (12 nummi) of either Justin I or Justinian I from Alexandria mint. But the style seems rather crude (look especially at the obverse legend DN IVST..., letters seem a bit off). Maybe it is an imitation by one of the "barbarian" groups? Maybe the Vandals in North Africa? Someone who knows more should be along eventually.
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  6. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Even official Byzantine from the Alexandria mint has crude lettering that fails to reproduce names correctly. That OP coin is as good as most. There is no need to postulate it might be an imitation.
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  7. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    All right, in that case I retract my suggestion of imitation. Byzantine, 12 nummi, Alexandria mint, either Justin I or Justinian I (the key part of the legend is missing).
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  8. monetarium

    monetarium Member

    Thank you, gentlemen!
  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Cool! Glad to finally see it. I know the (initially nonexistent) pictures were a non-starter in that other thread, which positively required some joking around. ;)
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  10. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    Not a fake. Lack of a complete legend is pretty normal for 12 nummi from Alexandria. I collect both Byz and Arab-Byz and some times its hard to tell
    the difference as both tend to be crude. I love em.
  11. off_flan

    off_flan New Member

    Well thanks, that explains the IVIT I've found on other Byzantine coins. I always assumed they were forgeries. Are there other Byzantine mints that produced coins that crude?
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