Visigiths nummis Grupo A Ispali mint (Seville)


Visigoths nummis ‘Grupo A’ Ispali mint (Seville) – as per the cross with SP initials. By 720AD the visigothic kingdom was undone by the Muslim invasions of the Umayyad Caliphate, so this coin dates somewhere between the 5th and 8th century AD.
See below for coin details, description and metrics.

A poem about this coin’s beauty:
“Relief barely seen, Visigoth coin with a Greek design; Numismatic dream.”

In Latin:
“Vix visa moneta, Graeca forma Visigotis;Somnium nummorum.“

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Ruler: visigoths Period: to
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  • Material: bronze
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  • Diameter (mm): 12
  • Obverse: Cross with reversed 'S' in lower left quarter and P in lower right quarter.
  • Reverse: Relief barely visible, possibly greek E
  • The Visigoths were a Germanic tribe that played a significant role in the history of Europe during the late Roman and early medieval periods. Originating in the region of modern-day Germany, the Visigoths migrated southward and settled in various parts of Europe, including Gaul (present-day France) and eventually the Iberian Peninsula (modern-day Spain and Portugal). In the 5th century CE, they emerged as a powerful force and established their own kingdom in Gaul and later in Spain. The Visigoths' presence in Spain lasted for several centuries, and their rule saw a fusion of Germanic, Roman, and local Hispano-Roman cultures. They adopted Arian Christianity as their religion but later converted to Catholicism. The Visigothic kingdom in Spain reached its height under the rule of King Euric in the 5th century. However, they faced internal conflicts and external pressures, particularly from the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate, which ultimately led to their defeat and the end of Visigothic rule in 711 CE.
  • Nummis or Nummus coinage is a type of currency that was used in the Roman Empire. The word "nummus" means "coin" in Latin, and the coins were made of bronze or copper, particularly from the 3rd century onwards. Nummis coins were used for everyday transactions, such as buying food or paying for services. The word Nummus is often used interchangeably with "Follis" and "AE". The Nummus was an important element of smaller coinage during the Byzantine Empire.

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Dimensions 1.2 × 1.2 × 0.1 cm