Burgundy, Justinian style. -
Burgundy, Pseudo-Imperial (c. 525-575), AV Tremissis, in the style of Justinian, Lugdunum (Lyon [?]), N IVSTIANVS PP V, diademed and draped bust right, rev. VICTORIA + AVGVSTORVM, Victory with palm and wreath advancing right, single wing behind, pellet between feet, CONOB in exergue, 1.47g, 180° (SCBI 69, 1073 this coin).
Images and selected text reproduced by kind permission of Spink and Son Ltd, London, auction 21000, The Tony Abramson Collection of Dark Age Coinage - Part I, March 18th 2021, lot # 4. Acquired privately from finder, 2009 ~ Found by S Harmer at Ashford (Kent), 2004 ~ [EMC 2004.0007 = BNJ Coin Register 2005, no. 45]
This coin is inscribed with the name of Emperor Justinian (527-565) and conceivably relates to the earliest gold emissions from the kingdom of Burgundia, as seized by the Frankish triumvirate of Childebert I, Clothar and Theudebert I in AD 534. Childebert, as the contemporary chronicler Gregory of Tours would record, received the towns of Mâcon, Geneva, and Lyons as his share of the kingdom. The pellet between Victoria's feet has previously been identified as a mint mark for Lyon.