¼ Siliqua - In the name of Anastasius I, 491-518 & Theoderic, 475-526 Sirmium; regular S with bust facing left

Features

Issuer Gepid Kingdom
Ruling authority Anonymous (491-567)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 493-526
Value 1/4 Siliqua (1/4)
Currency Siliqua (491-567)
Composition Silver
Weight 0.78 g
Diameter 15 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 150145
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References MEC# -
Philip Grierson, Mark Blackburn; 2007. Medieval European Coinage / Volume 1. The Early Middle Ages (5th-10th Centuries). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
And 19 more volumes.

Obverse

Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust facing left and surrounded by legend that is read from right to left.

Lettering: D N ANASTAS PP DC

Translation:
Dominus Noster Anastasius Perpetuus Augustus
Our Lord, Anastasius, perpetual August

Reverse

Monogram of Theoderic with cross above and surrounded by legend.

Lettering: VINVIT - RVNAI

Translation:
Invicta Roma
Unconquered Rome

Edge

Smooth.

Comments

While the types struck in the name of Anastasius I (491-518) and Theoderic (475-526) were originally attributed to the Gepids, they were later proposed to be issues of the Ostrogoths, which became a widely-accepted theory. Even so, with the weights of these issues not matching the Ostrogothic weight standard set by Theoderic, and with the stylistic depictions matching Gepid issues struck in the name of other rulers, Metlich concluded that all these types are, in fact, issues of the Gepids, which many auction houses are in agreement with.

Types with a left-facing bust are extremely rare.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (493-526) 

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