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Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 997

VISIGOTHS, Gaul. Pseudo-Imperial coinage. 417-507. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.35 g, 5h). Imitating a Ravenna mint issue of the Roman emperor Libius Severus (461-465). Uncertain Gallic mint. Struck circa 461-465 or later.


Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I
Lot: 997.
 Estimated: $ 1 500

Early Medieval, Gold

Sold For $ 3 750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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VISIGOTHS, Gaul. Pseudo-Imperial coinage. 417-507. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.35 g, 5h). Imitating a Ravenna mint issue of the Roman emperor Libius Severus (461-465). Uncertain Gallic mint. Struck circa 461-465 or later. D N IBIVS SEVV RVS P F AVC, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; cross pattée below chin / VICTORI Λ AVCCC, emperor standing facing, right foot resting on human-headed serpent, holding long cross and Victory on globe; R-A//COMOB. Cf. Grierson, Coins of Medieval Europe 11 (for type); RIC X –; Lacam –; Reinhart –; MEC 1 –; Adams I 343 (this coin). Deposits in devices, minor die breaks, small dig and minor graffiti in obverse field, evidence of mounting. Good VF. Possibly unique, only one specimen – this coin – in CoinArchives.

From the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of Medieval European Coins. Ex Dr. Lawrence A. Adams Collection (Part I, Classical Numismatic Group 100, 7 October 2015), lot 343; Peus (9 May 1983), lot 443.

‘The Visigoths had received imperial authorizaton for their settlement in the neighbourhood of Toulouse in 418, but their subsequent expansion over most of southern Gaul and Spain during the reign of Euric (466-84), culminating in the enforced cession Auvergne in 475 and the conquest of Provence a year later, had been in imperial despite.’ Grierson, p. 4. This coin forms part of a series of imitative Solidi struck by the Visigoths in Gaul during the last years of the Western Roman Empire. Most are found in the name of Valentinian III.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part II will be held Wednesday morning, 15 January 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.