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ID:     806249
Type:     Goths, Vandals
Region:     OSTROGOTHS
City:     Senatorial and Municipal Coinage
Issuer:     Class 2 - Heavy Series
Date Ruled:     AD 526-534
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     40 Nummi (Follis)
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD circa 526-534
Diameter:     28 mm
Weight:     16.98 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     [IN]VICT-A ROMA
Obverse Description:     Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right
Reverse Description:     She-wolf standing left, head right, suckling Romulus and Remus; XL above, • IIII • in exergue
Mint:     Rome
Primary Reference:     COI 82a
Reference2:     MIB I 70
Reference3:     MEC 1, 93-4
Reference4:     BMC Vandals 27; Demo 53-4
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Special Comments:     Struck by Athalaric
Grade:     Good VF, dark green patina
Notes:     Exceptional for issue. Ex G.W. de Wit Collection; R. Schulman 291 (25 September 1990), lot 1205.Athalaric was the grandson of the first Ostrogothic king of Rome, Theodoric. He was only ten years old when he assumed the throne upon Theodoric’s death, and his mother, Amalasuntha, governed as regent. As a result of his young age, Athalaric never developed into a strong leader, and he died or was murdered shortly after assuming his majority.