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Gold coins of Theodosius Byzantine Emperor

March 26 590 through November 22 602

The eldest son of Maurice Tiberius, shared a joint rule and death with his father.




W-1    DO-NA   Sear-613   Berk-95    MIB-NA

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin

Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Carthage
Reference Information - W1, S-613, DOC-NA, Berk-95, MIB-NA, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.47g
Diameter - 16.4 mm
Die Axis - 175°
Accepted Striking Period - 597 - 598
Officinae - A
Obverse Image - Theodosius facing, draped and cuirassed wearing plumed helmet holding globus with cross on left 
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGA, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine
Strike - Almost complete, with an extremely slight weakness of the nose
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Small spot on lower part of neck on obverse
Desirability - Extremely High
Rarity - Extremely Rare (2 to 5 known) (This is tied for finest of 3 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Harlan Berk - June 1997 (Acknowledged this coin as a counterfeit (3/01) and refunded my money.  It is always important to buy major rarities from well known dealers.)
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $65000.00 - $75000.00 (Sotheby's Sale 7214, Lot 160 brought $69300.00 similar quality)


Recent analysis of this coin has declared it as a modern invention and a really good cast Counterfeit.  Both this specimen and the one that was in the Sotheby's Sale 7214 (12/98) are identical and therefore are both fantasies.  Some of the problems found with the coin are:

1. There are a multitude of microscopic holes that can be seen over most of the surfaces of this coin that indicate that it was produced by casting.
2. The metal "flow" line from the 'V' in VICTORI on the reverse is not natural but created from a die.  This is the only indication of metal flow on this coin and it is contrived.
3.  The letter formation, especially seen in the 'A's are not typical of coinage from Carthage during this time period.  Also, notice all of the round raised areas at most junctions of the letters.  This is also not normal for coinage of this era/mint.
4. The field surfaces of this coin is smooth.  Most, if not all, coinage of this mint and period exhibits an irregular/uneven surface.
5. The Indictional A would date the coin as 597/8 which is very unlikely because there had not been an issue of gold for a second emperor (by them self) for more than 150 years.