Obverse legend: XIVVICILDVS. Obverse description: Bust of the king, facing right. Reverse legend: REXVARCINONA:. Reverse description: Cross on three steps.
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Date Created: 575-586
Physical Dimensions: h19 mm
Issuing authority: Leovigild
Inventory number: 009869-N
Description: The first coins issued by the Visigoths imitated Roman gold coinage and even adopted its iconographic types. One design that stands out amongst these shows the effigy of the emperor on the obverse and the figure of the goddess Victory on the reverse. During Leovigild's reign the monarchy was strengthened using various symbolic measures. One of these involved making considerable typological modifications to coins. For the first time, the name of the Visigothic monarch was added to the legend on the obverse, while the reverse was engraved with the name of the mint, the title of REX and a cross on steps, an iconography copied from emissions of the same period by Tiberius II, the Roman Emperor of the East.
Artwork history: Bosch i Alsina Collection donation, 1923