MAIASK. 2016. No. 8

K. Ju. Morzherin (Saratov, Russia).

Bronze obverse die solidus of Justinian I of the Saratov Regional Museum of Local History


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Pages: 592-597

The object of our study was a unique early medieval monument — bronze stamp for embossing the face of the solidus of Justinian I. It was found at the turn of the 1920s. In the West Kazakhstani steppes, near the village of Astrakhan Ural province. At present, this artifact was kept in the Saratov Regional Museum of Local History. We believe that the bronze stamp that interested us was used to produce barbaric remarks of Justinian's solid. They were intended to saturate local circulation, which acquired Byzantine coins as payment means during the Great Silk Road. We bring the results of our study of this artifact to a scientific discussion.


Key words: Archaeology, history, numismatics, Byzantium, Silk Road, barbaric imitation.


Received August 1, 2016
Accepted for publication October 2, 2016


About the author:

Morzherin Konstantin Juryevich (Saratov, Russia). Head of the Archeology Sector, Saratov Regional Museum of Local History.