Pierced gold tremissis of Justinian I
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Pierced gold tremissis, Visigothic, of Justinian I (527-65). Weight 1.440 grammes.Obv. ƆIYSTINI ΛNVSNC. Bust of Emperor right, diademed with backswept hairstyle, wearing paludamentum, cross on breast.Rev. ΨV TIVHT ITΛVH.1 (In exergue CONO). Barbarous Victory moving right, wreath in right hand. On both sides pearled very thin metal. Pierced for suspension, near cross in chest. Good yellow gold, and in mint condition, or nearly so.Visigothic imitation of tremissis of Justinian I, struck in reigns of Amalaric - Athanagildo or subsequently after Justinian's death. Looks like a debased one in series, possibly not long before issues in the name of Leovogildo and Hermenegildo c. 580. Possibly third quarter of 6th century.Lab results: Meas. density gm/cc: 18.2Exp. dens.: 19Surface analysis: Au 98%, Ag 2%, Cu 0%, Fe trace.