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Valens, 28 March 364 - 9 August 378 A.D.

Valens was the younger brother of Valentinian I, and he was declared Augustus in 364 A.D. He was given command of the Eastern provinces, where he spent much of his time campaigning against the Goths and Persians. In 376 A.D., Valens allowed Gothic tribes, who were being driven forward by the Huns to settle in the Danube provinces. The Goths were so badly treated by the Romans that they rebelled. Valens was defeated by the Goths at the catastrophic battle of Hadrianople, where he lost his life and two-thirds of the Roman army was killed.

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This issue was interrupted by the usurper Procopius who controlled Sirmium for about eight months from early October 365 to spring 366. Although RIC IX lists it only as scarce, we believe it is rare. This is the first ever example handled by Forum and there are very few examples online.
RL69451. Bronze centenionalis, RIC IX Nicomedia 9b.1 (S, this obverse legend break), LRBC II 2327 and 2335, SRCV V 19760, Cohen VIII 11, VF, tight flan, weight 2.280 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 28 Mar 364 - Oct 365 / Jun 366 - 17 Nov 375; obverse D N VALENS - P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor advancing right, looking left, dragging captive with right, labarum (standard with Christ monogram banner) in left, SMNA in exergue; rare; $50.00 (44.50)

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On 21 July 365, an earthquake and tsunami devastated Crete and Alexandria and affected Italy, Greece, and Palestine.

RIC Alexandria 3(b) and 5(b) are identical except for time period, which is impossible to distinguish.
RL67623. Bronze centenionalis, RIC IX Alexandria 3(b) or 5(b), LRBC II 2861 or 28163, SRCV V 19856, Cohen VIII 47, VF, nice green patina, weight 2.635 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 135o, 3rd officina, Alexandria mint, 28 Mar 364 - 17 Nov 375; obverse D N VALENS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE, Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand, ALEΓ in exergue; $45.00 (40.05)

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The mint mark in the exergue may be read TR for Treveri, OB for obryzium (refined gold).
SH56811. Gold solidus, RIC IX Trier 17e2/39a1, EF, weight 4.473 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier) mint, 24 Aug 367 - 9 Aug 378 A.D.; obverse D N VALENS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGG, Valentinian and Valens, enthroned facing, together they hold a globe, palm frond between their legs, Victory facing in center above behind throne with spread wings, TROBC in exergue; very light hairline scratches, slight double strike, excellent centering; scarce; SOLD





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Catalog current as of Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
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