Featured Solidus of Zeno from the Guy Lacam Collection

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Al Kowsky, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Theoderic, I have no expertise in barbarian (pseudo-imperial) coinage, but to my eye it appears to be a barbarian product, not necessarily from an Italian mint. It is a very handsome coin :). Coin Archives has posted a mint state tremissis of Leo I, that was recently auctioned by cgb.fr, from the Constantinople Mint, see photo below. The portrait style & peculiar lettering on your coin doesn't look like Constantinople Mint work.

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  3. panzerman

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    Thats a great write up Al! Learned a lot from it:happy: The so called "Barbarians" did a rather decent job on minting the imitations. lf (4).jpg lf (5).jpg IMG_1106.JPG IMG_1108.JPG
     
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  4. Al Kowsky

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    John, Thanks for posting these two gems :D! The Barbarous solidus on the top is as choice as you'll ever see & makes a great comparison to the Constantinople Mint coin on the bottom. Often the barbarous coin look better than the official mint product :smuggrin:. Your barbarous solidus with the CONOR inscription, like my coin, will remain an "uncertain mint" until someone can provide convincing evidence otherwise.
     
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  5. Theoderic

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    Al, thanks for the kind feedback on the tremissis. It does indeed appear to be some barbarous type, and I'm always looking to see if one of a similar style pops up.
     
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