Vandal Empire, Hilderic, 50 Denarii


Vandal Empire, Hilderic, 50 Denarii (obverse) Vandal Empire, Hilderic, 50 Denarii (reverse)

Like all of the late Vandal kings, Hilderic (523-530) had a complete coin series issued, from silver pieces of 50 denarii down to bronze coins worth 4 nummi. In general, these coins bore a mark of value on the reverse. Yet on some of his silver coins, the king abstained from the indication of value, and instead had a standing Carthage depicted on the reverse. The goddess – or rather, the personification – held flowers, branches, or, as on this coin, ears in her open hands. The inscription read FELIX KARTG, fortunate Carthage. The obverse illustrated a bust of the king and the legend DN HILDIRIX REX for Domini Nostri (our lord) King Hilderic.


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