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The gold coin of Justinian was found in 1969 inside the submerged Imperial Nymphaeum of Punta dell’Epitaffio, during the recovery operations of the statues of Ulysses and his companion with a wineskin. Dating back to the VI century A.D., for a long time it was considered important for the dating of the complex’s abandonment. It was believed to be attributable to a Late Antiquity burial inside the ancient nymphaeum of Claudius, though it had lost its function since a long time. However, the most recent studies have questioned this interpretation: the context of the coin’s discovery does not seem, in fact, completely certain.

The artefact does not show signs of biological degradation.

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Zevi F. 1983, Baia. Il ninfeo imperiale sommerso di Punta Epitaffio. Banca Sannitica.

Zevi F. (cur.) 2009, Museo archeologico dei Campi Flegrei. Castello di Baia. Napoli: Electa Napoli.

MUSAS Ref. No.BAI-022Inv. No.268737DimensionsDiameter cm 1,6MaterialsGoldLocationArchaeological Museum of Campi Flegrei, room 55bOriginSubmerged imperial nymphaeum of Punta dell'Epitaffio (1969)Dating538 A.D.Share