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VALENTINIANUS (VALENTINIAN) I, 364-375 - AE Centenionalis (AE 3), Siscia (367-375)

weight  2,35gr. ; bronze Ø 17mm.

obv. Diademed bust of Valentinianus right, wearing cuirass and paludamentum
DN VALENTINIANVS P F AVG
kz. Victory advancing left, holding wreath in right hand and palm in left
SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE, D in left field, ✶ASISC in exergue

Cohen 37 ; RIC 15a
Dark patina. Very attractive.
xf- à vf/xf

50,00 



VALENS, 364-378 - AV Solidus, Antiochia (367-375)

weight 4,45gr. ; gold Ø 21mm.
4th officina

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Valens right,
surrounded by the legend;  DN VALENS P F AVG
rev. Seated figures of Roma and Constantinopolis, the latter with
right foot on prow, each holding scepter and supporting between
them a shield inscribed VOT/X/MVLT/XX, Christogram above,
surrounded by the legend; GLORIA ROMANORVM, ANOBΔ in exergue

In the reference literature this coin type is only published with the legend DN VALENS PER F AVG. This coin with the legend DN VALENS P F AVG is unpublished and probably the only known example. Probably UNIQUE.

Cohen- ; RIC- (cf. RIC IX 16c.1) ; Depeyrot- (cf. 38/4) RRRR
Attractive example with fine details.
xf

6.950,00 



VALENS, 364-378 - AV Solidus, Nicomedia

weight 3,80gr. ; gold Ø 20mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left, wearing imperial
mantle and holding mappa and sceptre  DN VALENS PF AVG
rev. Two emperors, nimbate, seated facing, each holding mappa and short scepter,
the emperor on left raising his mappa VOTA PVBLICA, in exergue S MN E
with two seated captive between, both with hands bound on back

Cohen 86 ; RIC 16b ; Depeyrot 22/2 RR
Some clipping but still attractive and very rare coin.
vf

1.950,00 



PROCOPIUS, 365-366 - AE Centenionalis, Constantinopolis (365-366)

weight 3,45gr. ; bronze Ø 19mm.

obv. Bust of Procopius, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, left,
surrounded by the legend; DN PROCOPIVS P F AVG
rev. Emperor, head right, standing facing, holding labarum in right
hand and resting left on shield. At foot, left, a mushroom;
above, in field right, ☧, surronded by the legend FEPARATIO FEL TEMP,
CONSA• in exergue

Cohen 8 ; RIC 17a (R2) ; LRBC II, 2081-2083 ; Sear 19883
Attractive example of this rare coin type, with dark green patina.
vf+ à vf/xf

265,00 



PROCOPIUS, 367-383 - AE Centenionalis, Constantionopolis (365-366)

weight 2,74gr. ; bronze Ø 18mm.

obv. Bust of Procopius, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, left,
surrounded by the legend; DN PROCOPIVS P F AVG
rev. Emperor, head right, standing facing, holding labarum in right
hand and resting left on shield. At foot, left, a mushroom;
above, in field right, ☧, surronded by the legend FEPARATIO FEL TEMP,
CON(..) in exergue

Cohen 8 ; RIC 17a (R2) ; LRBC II, 2081-2083 ; Sear 19883 R
very minor traces of oxidation
vf-

140,00 



PROCOPIUS, 365-366 - AE Centenionalis, Nicomedia (365-366)

weight 2,89gr. ; bronze Ø 18mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left
DN PROCOPIVS P F AVG
rev. Procopius standing facing, head turned right, holding labarum
and leaning on shield  REPARATIO FEL TEMP. in exergue SMNΔ

Cohen 8 ; RIC 17a (R3)
vf-

210,00 



PROCOPIUS, 365-366 - AE Centenionalis, Heraklea (365-366)

weight 2,30gr. ; bronze Ø 18mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left
DN PROCOPIVS P F AVG
rev. Procopius standing facing, head turned right, holding labarum
and leaning on shield, Chi-Rho monogram in upper field right,
REPARATIO FEL TEMP, in exergue SMHA

Cohen 9 ; RIC 7 (R2)
vf
/xf

275,00 



GRATIANUS, 367-383 - AE Maiorina, Siscia (378-383)

weight 5,18gr. ; bronze Ø 22mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed bust right, wearing cuirass and paludamentum,
surrounded by the legend; DN GRATIANVS P F AVG
rev. Emperor, head left, standing facing, with right hand raising kneeling
turreted woman, and holding Victory on globe in leftt, surrounded by the legend;
REPARATIO REIPVB, ASISC• in exergue

Wonderful reverse with fine details. Dark green patina.
Cohen 30 ; RIC 26a ; Sear 20008
vf/xf

85,00 



GRATIANUS, 367-383 - AV Solidus, Treverorum (circa 372-373)

weight 4,24gr. ; goldr Ø 21mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right,
surrounded by the legend; DN GRATIANVS P F AVG
rev. Two emperors seated facing, together holding globe. Behind and
between them the upper portion of a Victory with outspread wings;
between them below, a palm-branch, surrounded by the legend;
VICTORIA AVGG, TR•OBC in exergue

The combination of a pearl-diademed head with TR•OBC seems so be unpublished. The exergue legend TR•OBC normally always is combined with a rosette diademed head. The early solidi of Gratianus are usually with pearl diadem. This changed round 372. From that time on Gratianus is usually depicted with a diadem of rosettes. As the exergue legend TR•OBC belongs to the period 373-374, this coin probably is a transition type. Extremely rare as such.

Cohen 38 ; vgl.RIC 17f ; Depeyrot II,119,43-3var. ;
Sear - (cf. 19910)
RRRR
Wonderful piece with fine details. Near mintstate.
unc-/xf

6.950,00 



GRATIANUS, 367-383 - AR Siliqua, Treverorum (375-378)

weight 1,79gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed bust right, wearing cuirass and paludamentum,
around the text; DN GRATIANVS P F AVG
rev. Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory on globe and reversed
spear, around the text; VRBS ROMA, TRPS in exergue

Cohen 87 ; RIC 46b ; Sear 19966
attractive toning
vf/xf

225,00 



GRATIANUS, 367-383 - AR Siliqua, Lugdunum (379)

weight 2,02gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed bust right, wearing cuirass and paludamentum,
surrounded by the legend; DN GRATIANVS P F AVG
rev. Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory on globe and reversed
spear, star in field to right, surrounded by the legend; VRBS ROMA,
LVGPS in exergue

Cohen 87c ; RIC 27 ; Bastien 167 ; Sear 19967 R
Wonderful coin with attractive toning.
xf

435,00 



GRATIANUS, 367-383 - AR Siliqua, Aquileia (375-378)

weight 2,11gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed bust right, wearing cuirass and paludamentum 
DN GRATIANVS P F AVG
rev. Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory on globe and reversed
spear,star in right field  VRBS ROMV, AQPS in exergue

Unpublished variety with ROMV instead of ROMA. Extremely rare.

cf. Cohen 87 ; cf. RIC 15b R4
xf/unc

1.250,00 



GRATIANUS, 367-383 - AE Medallion, Rome (378-383)

weight 10,53gr. ; bronze Ø 29mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed bust right, wearing cuirass and paludamentum,
surrounded by the legend; DN GRATIANVS P F AVG
rev. Roma seated left on throne with shield on side, holding Victory
on globe and reversed spear, VRBS on left, ROMA on right

The small mark in the exergue seems to be the result of a small die break.
In fact the exergue is empty.

Medaillons of this type were issued for Gratianus and Valentinianus II, probably struck for a special occasion. Between the two pieces there is difference in the reverse; the type for Gratianus depicts Roma holding a globe in her right hand and a reversed spear in her left (RIC 42a), while the type for Valentianus us a Roma shows with a Victory on globe in her right hand and a reversed spear in her left ( RIC 42b). Both types are extremely rare (R4). RIC listed only 4 pieces of the Gratianus medaillion, all in musual collections; American Numismatic Society, British Museum, Münzkabinett Berlin (2). The medaillon that is offered here also shows a Roma with a Victory on globe in her right hand and a reversed spear in her left, which normally only is seen on the Valentianus II medaillon. This type seems to be unpublished and can be regarded as a probably UNIQUE piece.

Cohen- (cf. 88) ; RIC- (cf. 42) ; cf. Gnecchi, II, n. 3, pl. 140.8 ;
Sear -  (cf. NAC 21, lot 580, RIC 42a in xf- CHF 8.000)
RRRR
wonderful dark green patina.
vf/xf

11.000,00 



VALENTINIANUS II, 375-392 - AV Solidus, Mediolanum (389-391)

weight. 4,42gr. ; gold Ø 21mm.

obv. Draped and cuirassed bust with pearl-diadem right
D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG
rev. Two emperors, nimbate, seated facing and holding globe,
palm between them and Victory on background 
VICTORIA AVGG, in field M - D, COM in exergue

Cohen 37 ; RIC 20a ; Depeyrot pag.169,no.9/1 R
(cf. Numismatica Genevensis SA, auction 7,no.414  XF   CHF 5000 + 17,5%)
xf/unc-

4.450,00 



ARCADIUS, 383-408 - AV Solidus, Constantinopolis (383-385)

weight 4,45gr. ; gold Ø 21mm.
officina Θ

obv. Bust of Arcadius, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed, right,
surrounded by the legend; DN ARCADIVS P F AVG
rev. Constantinopolis, helmeted, head right, seated facing, on throne ornamented
with lions′ heads, holding sceptre and shield inscribed VOT/V/MVLT/X,
right foot on prow, surrounded by the legend;  CONCORDIA AVGGGGΘ,
CONOB in exergue

The earlier part of this issue shows the emperor wearing a rosette diadem,
while the latter has a diadem composed of pearls.

RIC 47d (R3) ; Depeyrot 38/2 ; Sear 20701 RR
Perfect coin, with excellent details. Mint state. Very rare.
unc

4.500,00 



ARCADIUS, 383-408 - AV Solidus, Constantinopolis (397-402)

weight 4,46gr. ; gold Ø 21mm.
Officina A

obv. Bust of Arcadius, helmeted, pearl-diademed, cuirassed, facing front,
holding spear in right hand behind head and shield decorated with horseman
on left arm, surrounded by the legend; DN ARCADIVS P F AVG
rev. Constantinopolis, helmeted, draped, enthroned, enthroned, facing front,
head right, holding sceptre in right hand and Victory on globe in left hand,
right foot on prow, surrounded by the legend; CONCORDIA AVGGA, 
in exergue CONOB

RIC 7 ; Depeyrot 55/1 ; Sear 20706
Wonderful coin with excellent details. Mint state. Rare this nice.
unc

2.450,00 



ARCADIUS, 383-408 - Æ 3, Constantinopolis (383)

weight 3,10gr. ; bronze Ø 18mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Arcadius right
D N ARCADIVS P F AVG
rev. Constantinopolis seated facing, right foot on prow,
holding sceptre and globe, branch in left field, HN-monogram
and poppy-head(?) in right field   CONCORDIA AVGGG,
CONSΓ in exergue

cf. RIC 57f (R3) RRR
Dark patina. Extremely rare type.
vf-/vf

195,00 



ARCADIUS, 383-408 - Æ 2, Heraklea (378-383)

weight 5,55gr. ; bronze Ø 22mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Arcadius right,
holding spear and shield, crowned by Hand of God above
D N ARCADIVS P F AVG
rev. Arcadius standing right, head turned to left, holding labarum
and leaning on shield, up-looking captive sitting behind
GLORIA ROMANORVM, SMHB in exergue

RIC 12
Attractive dark patina.
vf-

50,00 



ARCADIUS, 383-408 - AR Siliqua, Mediolanum (spring 393- 6 september 394)

weight 1,13gr. ; silver Ø 17mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Arcadius right
DN ARCADIVS P F AVG
rev. Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victoria on globe in right hand
and inverted spear in left  VIRTVS ROMANORVM, MDPS in exergue

RIC 32b (R3) RR
Attractive tone. Very rare.
vf

335,00 



ARCADIUS, 383-408 - Æ 4, Kyzikus (383)

weight 1,03gr. ; bronze Ø 14,5mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Arcadius right
D N ARCADIVS P F AVG
rev. VOT / X / MVLT / XX in four lines within laurel-wreath,
SMKA below

RIC 21d R
Minor flancrack. Good portrait. Rare type.
vf

30,00 



ARCADIUS, 383-408 - Æ 4, Antiochia (383)

weight 1,27gr. ; bronze Ø 14mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Arcadius right
D N ARCADIVS P F AVG
rev. VOT / X / MVLT / XX in four lines within laurel-wreath,
ANT(.) below

RIC 56d S
Some weak parts. Scarce type.
f/vf

15,00 



HONORIUS, 393-423 - AV Solidus, Ravenna (402-406 AD)

weight 4,50gr. ; gold Ø 20mm.

obv. Draped and cuirassed bust of Honorius right, wearing pearl-diadem,
surrounded by the legend; D N HONORIVS PF AVG
rev. Honorius standing right, holding standard and Victory on globe,
trampling captive lying at his feet who has one leg visible, surrounded
by the legend; VICTORIA AVGGG, R - V across field, COMOB in exergue

At first Honorius based his capital in Milan, but when the Visigoths under King Alaric I entered Italy in 401 he moved his capital to the coastal city of Ravenna. The mint of Ravenna was opened by Honorius in 402 AD.

RIC 1287 ; Depeyrot 7/1 ; Ranieri 12 ; Sear 20919 S
Perfectly struck specimen with the finest details and with the
typical Ravenna style. Amazing coin. Mint state. Rare this nice.
unc

3.250,00 



HONORIUS, 393-423 - AV Solidus, Thessalonika (397-402)

weight 4,40gr. ; gold Ø 20mm.

obv. Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with
horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder,
Chi-Rho monogram on breastplate, surrounded by the legend;  
DN HONORIVS P F AVG
rev. Concordia seated facing, head turned to right, holding spear and Victory
on globe, prow on left , surrounded by the legend;  CONCORDIA AVGG,
COMOB in exergue

The somewhat primitive style is tipical for the mint of Thessalonika.

When the Roman Prefecture of Illyricum was divided between the East and West Roman Empires in 379, Thessalonika became the capital of the new Prefecture of Illyricum (reduced in size). Its importance was second only to Constantinople itself, while in 390 it was the location of a revolt against the emperor Theodosius I and his Gothic mercenaries. Butheric, their general, together with several of his high officials, were killed and 7.000 - 15.000 of the citizens were massacred in the city′s hippodrome in revenge, an act which earned Theodosius a temporary excommunication. A quiet interlude followed until repeated barbarian invasions would take power over the city. This coin was minted during this temporary period of rest. Very rare.

Cohen 3 ; RIC 38 ; Depeyrot 44/2 ; Sear 20900 RR
Very rare coin in an attractive condition.
xf-

2.950,00 



THEODOSIUS II, 402-450 - AV Solidus, Thessalonika (408-424)

weight 4,48gr. ; gold Ø 20mm.

obv. Bust of Theodosius, helmeted, pearl-diademed, cuirassed, facing front,
holding spear in right hand behind head and shield decorated with horseman
on left arm, surrounded by the legend; DN THEODOSIVS P F AVG
rev. Constantinopolis, helmeted, draped, enthroned, facing front, head right,
holding sceptre in right hand and Victory on globe in left hand,
right foot on prow, star in field to left, surrounded by the legend;
CONCORDIA AVGG, TES.OB• in exergue

RIC 360 (R3) ; MIRB 54c ; Depeyrot 50/2  RR ; Sear 21129  RR
Wonderful lustrous coin. Near mintstate. Very rare.
xf/unc

2.350,00 



THEODOSIUS II, 402-450 - AV Solidus, Thessalonika (424-425)

weight 4,37gr. ; gold Ø 20mm.

obv. Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding shield
and spear over shoulder  DN THEODOSIVS P F AVG
rev. Theodosius standing facing, holding labarum and cross on globe,
star in field to left  GLOR ORVI STERRAR, in exergue TESOB

This reverse “Gloria Orbis Terrarum” means “the Glory of the World”,
refering to the Roman Empire and of course the emperor himself.

Figure of emperor squat and statuesque.

RIC 362 (var.B) R
Minor edge nick. Rare.
xf/unc

1.950,00 



THEODOSIUS II, 402-450 - AR Light Miliarense, Constantinopolis (408-420)

weight 4,27gr. ; silver Ø 23mm.

obv. Bust of Theodosius II, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed, left,
around the text; DN THEODOSIVS P F AVG
rev. Theodosius II, nimbate, draped, cuirassed, standing front, head left,
raising right hand and holding globe in left hand, star in left field,
around the text; GLORIA ROMANORVM, in exergue CON

RIC 370 ; RSC.20a ; MIRB.61a ; Sear 21172 R
Wonderful lustrous coin with excellent details. Mintstate. Rare.
unc

2.950,00 



THEODOSIUS II, 402-450 - AR Light Miliarense, Thessalonika (408-423)

weight 4,30gr. ; silver Ø 21mm.

obv. Draped ans cuirassed bust right, wearing pearl-diadem 
DN THEODOSIVS P F AVG
rev. Theodosius standing facing, head left, holding scepter and leaning on shield,
star in left field GLORIA ROMANORVM, CON in exergue

The miliarense was originally struck during the reign of Constantine I, probably as a donative issue for military officers. Two distinct series evolved, one “heavy” at about 5.45 grams and one “light” at 4.55 grams. By the reign of Theodosius II, however, “heavy” and “light” had become purely notional. Now, the weights overlap, although the Emperor left / Emperor with globe type is generally heavier than the Emperor right / Emperor with spear and shield. The mint attribution is also disputed. DOC and MIRB see the mint mark as a distorted CON for Constantinople, while RIC reads it as COM, indicating Thessalonica. RIC also places the heavier type at Constantinople and the lighter at Thessalonica. There is a wide variation in style within this series.

RIC 392 (R4) ; MIRB 59 (Constantinople) ; DOCLR 348 (Constantinople) RRR
Very minor weakness near edge. Wonderful coin with fine details. Extremely rare.
xf-

2.750,00 



THEODOSIUS II, 402-450 - AV Solidus, Constantinopolis (441-450)

weight 4,46gr. ; gold Ø 21mm.
With interpunction of 5 points on the reverse.

obv. Bust of Theodosius, helmeted, pearl-diademed, cuirassed, facing front,
holding spear in right hand behind head and shield decorated with horseman
on left arm, surrounded by the legend; DN THEODOSIVS˙P˙F˙AVG
rev. Constantinopolis seated left, holding cross on globe en sceptre,
shield on right side, star in field to left, surrounded by the legend; 
IMP. XXXXII˙ COS XVII˙P˙P˙, in exergue COMOB

The obverse and reverse legends on this issue are often punctuated with varying numbers of points. The curious use of a dated form of reverse legend, not seen on the Roman coinage since Constantinian times, has been explained as commemorating various noteworthy events, such as Christ′s birth in the forty-first or forty-second year of Augustus, the length of Theodosius′ reign being the longest recorded in Roman history, or that Theodosius was the forty-second in the numbered sequence of emperors (cf. Kent, RIC X, page 80). However, none of these seems to be especially convincing so the question has to be considered unresolved.

The common use of the mint mark COM OB instead of the more usual CON OB perhaps indicates that the Comitatensian, or ′court′ mint, in Constantinople was employed for the production of much of this extensive coinage.

RIC 301 (R2) ; Depeyrot page 255, 84/1 ; Sear 21140 RR
Minor flan crack, but nearly uncirculated coin with excellent details. Very rare.
unc-

1.795,00 



THEODOSIUS II, 402-450 - AV Solidus, Constantinopolis (441-450)

weight 4,48gr. ; gold Ø 21mm.
With interpunction of 3 dots on the reverse.

obv. Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing,  holding spear over shoulder and shield 
DN THEODOSIVS•P•F•AVG
rev. Constantinopolis seated left, holding cross on globe en sceptre,shield on right side,
star in field to left  IMP  XXXXII COS XVII•P•P•, in exergue COMOB
RIC 313 (R3) RRR
Attractive coin with fine details. Extremely rare variety.
xf

1.895,00 



VALENTINIANUS III (VALENTINIAN III), 425-455 - AV Solidus, Ravenna (426-430)

weight 4,41gr. ; gold Ø 21mm.

obv. Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG
rev. Valentinianus standing facing, holding long cross in right hand and
Victory on globe in left hand, right foot set on serpent with human face
VICTORIA AVGGG, R - V in field, CONOB in exergue

The reverse image  symbolizes Christianity trampling the devil.

Cohen 19 ; RIC 2010 S
Very sharp minted lustrous coin with excellent details. Rare this nice.
unc

2.600,00 



LEO I, 457-474 - AV Solidus, Constantinopolis (ca.462-466)

weight 4,49gr. ; gold Ø 20,5mm.
Officina I

obv. Helmetet and cuirassed bust facing, head slightly to right,
holding spear over shoulder and shield  DN LEO PERPET AVG
rev. Victory standing left holding long cross, star in right field
VICTORIA AVGGGI, in exergue CONOB

RIC 605 ; Ratto 605 ; Hahn 3 ; Depeyrot 93-1
Superb lustrous coin. Very attractive.
about unc

1.495,00 



LEO I, 457-474 - AV Solidus, Constantinopolis (ca.462-466)

weight 4,48gr. ; gold Ø 20mm.
Officina S

obv. Helmetet and cuirassed bust facing, head slightly to right,
holding spear over shoulder and shield  DN LEO PERPET AVG
rev. Victory standing left holding long cross, star in right field,
VICTORIA AVGGGS, in exergue CONOB

RIC 605 ; Ratto 605 ; Hahn 3 ; Depeyrot 93-1
Very minor graffiti (“a cross”) on the obverse.
Attractive lustrous coin.
xf/unc

1.095,00 





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