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Vandal Kingdom, North Africa, 427 - 534 A.D.
The 4 nummi was 1/1000 of a gold tremisis.
In spring 429, the Vandals invaded North Africa. Under the influence of his rival general AŽtius, Valentinian III's mother, Galla Placidia, had the Roman governor and general Bonifacius convicted of treason. Rather than surrender for execution, Bonifacius revolted and sought support from Vandal mercenaries in Hispania. Bonifacius made peace with Galla Placidia, but it was too late. King Genseric and the entire Vandal kingdom migrated en masse into Africa and took it with a force of 80,000 men. The Vandals would rule North Africa until the Eastern Romans (Byzantines) recaptured it in 534.
ME89613. Bronze 4 nummi, MEC I 51 - 56 (Carthage semi-autonomous municipal coinage); BMC Vandals p. 7, 12 - 14 (Hunneric, 477 - 484 A.D.); MIB I 20 (Gelimer, 530 - 533 A.D.), VF, highlighting red earthen deposits, reverse slightly off center, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, weight 1.161g, maximum diameter 11.2mm, die axis 315o
, 480 - 533 A.D.; obverse diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left, holding palm frond; reverse N
/ IIII (mark of value) in two lines across field; ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 53, lot 989 (notes export permit was approved by the Israel Antiquities Authority); rare
Catalog current as of Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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