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Ravenna, Italy

Dates of operation: 404 - 475 A.D. Mintmarks: RAV, RV, RVPS.


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 401, when the Visigoths under King Alaric I entered Italy, Honorius moved his capital from Mediolanum to the coastal city of Ravenna, which was protected by a ring of marshes and strong fortifications. Because it was so secure, Ravenna remained the capital until the overthrow of the last western Roman Emperor in 476, then became the capital of the Ostrogothic Kingdom in Italy, and later was the seat of the Byzantine exarchs. While the new capital was easier to defend, it was poorly located for Roman forces to protect central Italy. On 24 August 410 Rome was sacked by the Visigoths.
RL01343. Silver half siliqua, RSC X 12, aEF, weight .9 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, die axis 0o, Ravenna mint, obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM, Roma seated facing on throne, head left; very scarce; SOLD


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