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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Late Empire| > |Anastasius I| > SH62360
Anastasius, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.
In 498, Anastasius abolished the tax known as the chrysargyron. The tax applied to all merchants, money-lenders, craftsmen, and others who received fees for their work, including prostitutes. The only exemptions were physicians, teachers, and farmers selling their own produce. Because it was collected in one lump sum only once every four years, the tax caused great hardships. Parents were sometimes forced to sell their children into slavery or prostitution to meet the levy. The city of Edessa, which was relieved of a tax of 140 pounds of gold every four years (2,520 solidi annually), celebrated with a week of festivities.
SH62360. Gold solidus, DOC I 7e, Wroth BMC 4, Tolstoi 5, Ratto 316, Hahn MIB I 7, SBCV 5, aEF, weak centers, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.468g, maximum diameter 21.2mm, die axis 180o, 498 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holding spear and shield decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG E (victory of the three emperors, 5th officina), Victory standing left holding cross topped with inverted P, star left, CONOB in exergue; SOLD










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