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Germanic Tribes - Vandals, Goths, Gepids, Lombards, and Other Barbarian Invaders

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Magnentius, usurper of the western provinces, made his brother Decentius caesar, to oversee the defense of Gaul and the Rhine frontier. After Magnentius was defeated at the Battle of Mons Seleucus by Constantius II and committed suicide, Decentius, who was leading reinforcements, hanged himself at Senonae.
RB91842. Billon maiorina, for prototype cf. RIC VIII Lyons 122 (Roman, Decentius, caesar, usurper in Gaul, 351 - 353 A.D., Lugdunum mint), Choice gVF, slightly crude, tight flan, encrustations, weight 3.504 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, 350 - early 5th century A.D.; obverse D N DECENTIVS NOB CAE (or similar, blundered), bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Decentius right; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET C (or similar, blundered), two Victories standing confronted, together holding between them a wreath resting on a short column, IOT / HVL / X (blundered VOT V MVLT X) in three lines, SLG in exergue; $150.00 (€132.00)
 


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

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This type was minted by and used as currency by tribes outside the Roman Empire. It copied a Roman type issued under Constantine the Great. Some imitative coins of this type are very similar to the Roman prototypes and some are very crude. This coin is closer to the Roman style than many but the illiterate imitations of legends are made up entirely of N's.
ME89938. Bronze AE 20, For possible prototype see RIC VII Siscia 61 (Roman, official, Constantine the Great, 319 A.D.), VF, overstruck on an official Constantine [II?] (the head of Constantine and part of the legend are visible on the reverse), weight 2.180 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 270o, tribal mint, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.; obverse helmeted and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great right, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield on left shoulder; reverse two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield over altar; $100.00 (€88.00)
 


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

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Barbarian imitatives of the Roman VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP small bronze coins are among the most common barbarous coin types from the late Roman period. The prototype for this coin was a coin from the Roman mint at Siscia. Silvering on a barbaric imitative is unexpected, however, the blundered illiterate nonsense imitations of legends leave no doubt this coin is a tribal issue.
RL89627. Bronze AE 18, for prototype cf. RIC VII Siscia 53 (Roman, Constantine the Great, Siscia mint, 318 - 319 A.D.), gVF/aVF, silvering(?), slightly off center but only cutting off the tops of some letters, scratches, weight 3.099 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 285o, tribal mint, after 318 A.D.; obverse IHP CONSTHTHVS P E NVG (or similar, blundered, S's resemble retrograde Greek sigma), laureate, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great right; reverse HCTORIAE LATNE PIIC PEIIΠ (or similar, blundered), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R over altar, •SIS• (retrograde) in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection, ex Ancient Coins Canada (Jun 2008), reportedly found in Germany; $95.00 (€83.60)
 


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

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This type was minted by and used as currency by tribes outside the Roman Empire. It copied a Roman type issued by the London mint under Constantine the Great. Imitative coins of this type range from very similar to the Roman prototypes to bizarrely blundered legends, nearly abstract portraits, and reverses that are difficult to recognize. This style on this coin is a little crude but close to that of the official Roman prototype.
RL89631. Billon AE 19, for prototype cf. RIC VII London 154 (Roman, Constantine the Great, London mint, 319 A.D.), Choice VF, full borders strike on both obverse and reverse, nice green patina, light earthen deposits, weak centers, weight 3.312 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, mid 4th - early 5th century A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS MAX AG (slightly blundered), laureate and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great right; reverse VICTONIAII LAETAE PRIIIC (blundered), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VT / YII (or similar) over altar ornamented with a diamond pattern, PLN in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; $95.00 (€83.60)
 


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

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Barbarian imitatives of the Roman VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP small bronze coins are among the most common barbarous coin types from the late Roman period. The prototype for this coin was a coin from the Empire's Treveri mint and this specimen is closer to the official Roman style than many of these imitations.
RL89622. Bronze AE 17, for prototype cf. RIC VII Trier 208a (Roman, Constantine the Great, Trier mint, 318 - 319 A.D.), VF, nice portrait, attractive dark green patina, reverse slightly off center, weight 2.469 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 135o, tribal mint, mid 4th century A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AG, laureate, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great right; reverse VICTORIAE LAITAI PRINC (blundered), two Victories standing confronted, together holding between them a shield inscribed VOT / P R in two lines over an alter ornamented with a pellet at the center of a rhombus, PTR in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; $85.00 (€74.80)
 


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This type was minted by and used as currency by Germanic tribes outside the Roman Empire. It copied Roman type issued under Theodosius I. While official late Roman imperial bronze coinage was sometimes a bit crude, the emperor's hairstyle was never quite like this.
ME92815. Bronze barbarous imitative, for the Roman prototype see: RIC X Theodosius II 440 ff., SRCV V 21231 ff. (official, half centenionalis, various mints, 425 - 435 A.D.), EF, crude imitative style, small ragged flan, encrustation, weight 0.586 g, maximum diameter 9.7 mm, die axis 0o, tribal mint, c. 425 - 450 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG (or similar, almost entirely off flan, likely blundered), diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse cross in wreath, wreath closed at the bottom with IIXII (or similar) on exergue line; $80.00 (€70.40)
 


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

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Barbarian imitatives of the Roman VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP small bronze coins are among the most common barbarous coin types from the late Roman period. The prototype for this coin was a coin from the Empire's Treveri mint.
RL89623. Bronze AE 18, for prototype cf. RIC VII Trier 208a (Roman, Constantine the Great, Trier mint, 318 - 319 A.D.), VF, black patina, red earthen encrustation, edge crack, weight 2.356 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, mid 4th century A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG, laureate, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great right; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAI PRIN (blundered), two Victories standing confronted, together holding between them a shield inscribed VOT / P R in two lines, shield resting on alter ornamented with an X pattern, PTR in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; $75.00 (€66.00)
 


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

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This type was minted by and used as currency by tribes outside the Roman Empire. It copied a type issued under Constantine the Great from the Siscia mint.
RL89624. Bronze AE 19, for prototype cf. RIC VII Siscia 59 ff. (Roman, Constantine the Great, Siscia mint, 319 A.D.), VF, near black patina, some porosity, obverse slightly off center, minor edge splt, weight 3.437 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, mid 4th - early 5th century A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS MAX AG (blundered), laureate, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great right; reverse VICTORI LAETAE PIIC PERP (blundered), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R (vows of the Roman people) (blundered) over altar, retrograde SIS in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; $75.00 (€66.00)
 


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

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This type was minted by and used as currency by tribes outside the Roman Empire. It copied a Roman type issued by the usurper Magnentius. The style is fairly close to the Roman prototype but the obverse legend and mintmark are blundered and it weighs much less than the Roman prototype.
RB91846. Bronze AE 19, for prototype cf. RIC VII Trier 269 (Roman, Magnentius, Trier mint, usurper in Gaul, 350 - 353 A.D.), VF, tight flan, reverse flan flaws, weight 2.688 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, 350 - mid 5th century A.D.; obverse MAGNEN-TIVS AVGV (or similar), bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Magnentius right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), Magnentius in military dress galloping right, shield on left arm, spearing a barbarian before horse, shield and broken spear on the ground below horse, TR in exergue; $70.00 (€61.60)
 


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

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This type was minted by and used as currency by tribes outside the Roman Empire. It copied a Roman type issued under Constantine the Great at Siscia, in the name of his son Crispus. Some imitative coins of this type are very similar to the Roman prototypes and some are very crude. The bust and reverse type on this coin are a little different from the official issue. The legends and mintmark are much different - they are completely blundered and illiterate, engraved by someone who did not know the alphabet.
RL91927. Bronze AE 17, for prototype cf. RIC VII Siscia 113 (Roman, Crispus, Siscia mint, 320 A.D.), VF, tight flan, porous, earthen deposits, weight 2.312 g, maximum diameter 17.07 mm, die axis 30o, tribal mint, obverse laureate and cuirassed bust of Crispus left holding spear in right, shield on left shoulder, blundered illiterate imitation legend; reverse two captives seated back to back, flanking a vexillum standard inscribed VOY X (blundered), F - S (blundered) flanking ensign, captive on left seated left with hands bound behind, captive on right seated right and looking back left, blundered illiterate imitation legend and mintmark; $40.00 (€35.20)
 







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