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On the Possibility That Athanagild's Name Appears in the Visigoths' Coinage: Evidence from a Late "Victory with Palm and Wreath" Coin and Tomasini's Corpus

John S. Huffstot
American Journal of Numismatics (1989-)
Vol. 19 (2007), pp. 145-168
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43580573
Page Count: 24
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On the Possibility That Athanagild's Name Appears in the Visigoths' Coinage: Evidence from a Late "Victory with Palm and Wreath" Coin and Tomasini's Corpus
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Abstract

A Victory with Palm and Wreath (VPW) tremissis in the collections of the Portuguese Mint has a legend that suggests the name of Athanagild. Intrigued by the possibility that this Visigothic king's name may have appeared on coins during the civil war (550-554), his reign (554-567), or following his death (i.e., before coins having legends relating to Hermenegild and Leovigild), the author examines the VPW legends published by Wallace Tomasini (1964). It turns out that some of the legends in that corpus reveal letter frequencies and combinations that suggest the same thing. Historical scenarios are considered that address the circumstances and likelihood of coins produced declaring Athanagild's name.

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