The post-Roman Ostrogothic Kingdom of Italy (493-553 AD) sought to emulate ancient Rome's former greatness and glory, and this showed in its coinage. Roman coin styles and themes were taken and incorporated into the coins then being struck by Italy's new foreign rulers. It helped that the Germanic Ostrogoths were Romanized, so the ruling elite didn't have too much trouble ruling over their Roman subjects, whom they treated well. They probably realized that coinage needed to be familiar to the Romans under their care, and so struck coins that resembled those that had been circulating in late Roman times, and also that had a connection to coins being used in the neighboring Eastern Roman Empire. This particular type has the familiar wolf and twins theme on the reverse, from the legend of the founding of Rome. On the obverse, a bust of Roma helmeted, with the legend IMVICTA ROMA ("unconquerable Rome" - kind of ironic considering the city had been sacked twice in the previous century, and was now under Germanic control).
Municipal Coinage of Rome, Ostrogothic Kingdom
AE Half-Follis (20 nummi)
Obv: IMVIC-TA ROMA, Roma helmeted, facing right
Rev: She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus, two stars above, XX in ex
Mint: Rome, struck 493-534 AD
Ref: BMC 30