Visigothic coins in the Gale collection of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

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Abstract

Recent scholarship into the coinage of the Visigoths has allowed for a better understanding of what was once believed to be a mono-metallic, and mono-denominational currency. It is evident that the Visigoths produced not only gold tremisses, but also silver and copper denominations, while also using past Imperial coinage and currencies from neighbouring Byzantine territories and Western kingdoms. This article provides a brief account of the history of the Visigoths, and considerations of their coinage use, mining on the Iberian Peninsula, and brief reviews of past scholarship. Ten Visigothic tremisses and three copper fractions held in the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS), as part of the Gale collection, are catalogued.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-33
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the Numismatic Association of Australia
Volume28
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Visigothic coinage
  • Late Antiquity
  • Byzantine
  • barbarian imitation
  • Iberian Peninsula

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