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« on: January 11, 2020, 02:06:28 pm »

Hi, all.  Is there a simple explanation for why coins of Baduila in 541CE were still being struck in the name of Anastasius?  Here is one found at Caesarea Maritima.  The reverse reads DN REX, but there is no trace of a B.  Thanks for any insights.

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BCC B26
Byzantine Period
Baduila, Ostrogoths 541-552CE
In the name of Anastasius
Obv:[DN ANA STA]  Diad, draped
bust right, traces of inscription.
Rev:DN REX star above,
within wreath.
AE 10mm 1.0gm. Axis:0
BMC Vandals p.90-28  Ticinum
Surface find, Caesarea M. 1975.

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2020, 05:22:31 pm »

Apparently, after peace negotiations with Justinian failed, the Ostrogothic regime resorted to finally wiping his (and his predecessor uncle, too) names from coins it struck. But Baduila decided to stick with an imperial name on coins - maybe he still wished to signal his loyalty to the general Roman ideas, or maybe coins with an imperial name had better acceptance. So he resorted to minting in the name of Anastasius.
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2020, 05:34:37 pm »

In general, minting in the name of long-passed rulers is an interesting numismatic topic. Sometimes it signifies rejection of current ruler or his predecessors (like in this case), sometimes it's simply type immobilization. 

There are Baduila coins minted in Justinian's name, btw. Presumably, they were minted during the time Baduila hoped to come to terms with the emperor.
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 01:19:19 pm »

Very interesting.  Thank you, Lone Wolf!
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