VANDALS nummus 6th century AD


VANDALS, nummus, no date (6th century AD), Obverse: bust R, garbled legend …AVG, Reverse: standing figure with labarum on which “X,” bronze, 10mm, 0.75g, type used by Theodosius I, Honorius, Leo I, F+

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The Vandals were a Germanic people who first came to the historical record in southern Poland. They organized and migrated sounth west in the 5th century AD, ending up in Carthage in North Africa, which they ruled for about a century. On the way they sacked Rome, stealing, among other things, the big gold candlabra from the Temple in Jerusalem.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.