Georgian Aurei Imitation

Illustration

Tedo Dundua
by geonumismatics.tsu.ge
published on 23 February 2018

Gold. Weight: e.g. – 2,87 gr., 3,37 gr., 3,44 gr., 3,55 gr.
d=18 mm., 19 mm., 20/21mm.

Obverse: Draped bust of Valerian, laureted, right, a bit crude in style. Distorted Latin inscription: prototype – IMP. C. P. LIC. VALERIANVS AVG. Circle of the dots.

Reverse: Schematic effigy of Victoria in biga, left. Distorted Latin inscription: VICTORIA AVGG.

Mint: Unknown.
Nominal: The weights range approx. from 2,87 gr. to 3,55 gr.
Date: Second half of the 3rd c. CE.

In the 3rd century CE Kartli/Iberia had a shortage of the Roman coins, which were very popular. Thus, the king of Kartli decided to issue local money patterned on the Roman coins being not particularly scrupulous about the images and inscriptions.

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