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    OSTROGOTHIC ITALY. Athalaric (AD 526-534). AV solidus (21mm, 4.42 gm, 6h). NGC AU 5/5 - 4/5, crimped. Rome, in the name of Justinian I, AD 527-530. D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, head slightly right, holding spear over right shoulder and shield emblazoned with horseman spearing fallen enemy on left arm / VICTORI-A AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross, six-pointed star in left field, A//COMOB. Mettlich 34. MIB Ostrogoths 28. Scarce. Struck from dies of fine late imperial style.

    Even as Rome slipped under control of the Ostrogothic King Theodoric, its mint continued to strike gold coins in the name of the East Roman emperors, preserving the fiction that the Amali monarch ruled as viceroy of a united Empire. Athalaric, the grandson of Theodoric, succeeded to the Ostrogothic throne at the age of 10 in AD 526. His mother, Amalasuntha, was pro-Roman and cozied up to Constantinople, much to the dismay of the Ostrogothic nobility. The relationship grew even closer after Justinian I the Great came to power in Constantinople in 527, but Athalaric's heavy drinking led to his early death in AD 534, setting the stage for a revolt by the anti-Roman nobles and the catastrophic Ostrogothic-Byzantine war that followed. 


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