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Dark Ages

Ruler: Uncertain Germanic Tribes: Imitating a tremissis of Leo I
Period: Late 5th, early 6th century A.D.
Denomination: AV Tremissis
Mint: imitating Constantinople
Obverse: Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; "D N LEO PE-RPET AVC"
Reverse: Victory standing facing, head left, on globe, holding wreath and globus cruciger; star to right;
"YIC(retrograde Γ )ARIA AVCST(horizontal retrograde S)RV" In exergue; "C(retrograde Q)NOR".
Reference: Cf. RIC X 611; MEC 1, ; cf. Pecunem 9, lot 830
Weight: 1.5 gms
Diameter: 14.4 mm


This coin, copying a tremissis of the Eastern Emperor, Zeno, was struck in pure gold It was made by one of the so-called barbarian nations that occupied much of the Roman Empire, possibly the Ostrogoths who were theoretically clients of the Eastern Emperor.

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