In 1972, a construction worker at Sremska Mitrovica (ancient ) accidentally broke into an old Roman pot, about 2 meters deep. Inside, in a leather pouch, were 33 Roman gold coins minted at . The pot was inside a Roman house wall and probably held the hidden savings of a wealthy Roman family. Ironically, the worker's name was Zlatenko (meaning Golden or Golden Man in Serbian).SH43076. Gold
, 14d, aVF, holed, wavy, 4.370 g, maximum 20.4 mm, 180o, 7th , (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) mint, 23 Jan 393 - 17 Jan 395 A.D.; D N HONORIVS , pearl-diademed, draped, and right; Z ( of the three emperors, 7th ), standing right, holding and on globe, treading down captive, S-M across fields, in ; SOLD
The abbreviation indicates three (emperors). minted this for himself, , and .SH11127. Gold
, 24 (R2, 4th not listed), 56/1, 20901, 764 - 765 var. ( ), 6 var. ( in ), VF, on , 4.202 g, maximum 20.1 mm, 180o, 4th , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 402 - c. 403 A.D.; D N HONORIVS , helmeted facing, diademed, , spear in right over right shoulder behind , decorated with horseman on left arm; ∆ (harmony among our three emperors, 4th ), enthroned facing, right, long vertical in right hand, on globe offering in her left hand, right leg bare and right foot on prow, in ; very ; SOLD
Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, c. 390 - 420 A.D.
of a very interesting barbarous issue that combined the (Emperor dragging captive) and REPARATIO REIPVB (Emperor raising kneeling woman) reverses into a single one. The of our coin is remarkable for the issue. Although these were probably minted in the Rhine region, our coin was found in the Middle East!RL12042. Bronze imitative AE 3,
733; for prototype cf. 1355 (official, Rome mint), VF, attractive and nice desert , 2.71 g, maximum 16.3 mm, 180o, Rhine frontier Germanic mint, c. 390 - 420 A.D.; D N HONORIVS , pearl-diademed, draped, and right; (glory of the Romans), Emperor standing right, left, right hand on of woman, with left dragging captive; ; SOLD
, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit
This is the core of an ancient counterfeit , which lost the gold plating entirely.RL28691.
gold plated , cf. 1321 (official, gold, Ravenna mint, 412 - 422 A.D.), aVF, no gold plating remaining, 4.383 g, maximum 19.9 mm, 0o, illegal mint, D N HONORIVS , pearl-diademed, draped, and right; ( of the three emperors), standing right, holding and on globe, treading down captive; R-V across fields, in ; ; SOLD
In 395, after the death of I, the Empire was re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The eastern half, centered in Constantinople, was put under , and the western half, centered in Rome, was put under his eleven-year-old brother .RL06942. Bronze maiorina,
46(c)1, 706, II 2424, 20987, 20, aEF, beautiful , nicely centered, boldly struck, 4.93 g, maximum 22.1 mm, 180o, 3rd , (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 23 Jan 393 - 17 Jan 395 A.D.; D N HONORIVS , pearl-diademed, draped, and right; (glory of the Romans), Emperor standing facing, diademed, in military dress, right, in right hand, globe in left hand, SMNΓ in ; from the Scott Collection; SOLD
In 395, after the death of I, the Empire was re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The eastern half, centered in Constantinople, was under , and the western half, centered in Rome, was under his brother .BB56320. Bronze
, 760, 68, II 2581, 21030, 56, gVF, , some flatness on upper , edge cracks, 2.529 g, maximum 19.3 mm, 180o, 2nd , Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 395 - 402 A.D.; D N HONORIVS , pearl-diademed, draped, and right; (courage of the army), Emperor on left standing facing, right, spear vertical in his right hand, left hand resting on grounded , beside him on right, standing left and crowning him with , frond in her left, SMKB in ; SOLD
At first, based his capital in , but when the under Alaric I entered Italy in 401 he moved his capital to the coastal city of Ravenna, which was protected by a ring of marshes and strong fortifications. While the new capital was easier to defend, it was poorly situated to allow Roman forces to protect central Italy from the increasingly regular threat of barbarian incursions. The Emperor's residence remained in Ravenna until the overthrow of the last western Roman Emperor in 476. Recognizing its security, Ravenna was selected as the capital of the Ostrogothic Kingdom in Italy, and also became the seat of the exarchs.RL12285. Silver
, 1228, 67, 59b, 20968, gVF, very nicely , clipped, 1.596 g, maximum 14.8 mm, 180o, Mediolanum ( , Italy) mint, c. 397 - 402 A.D.; D N HONORIVS , pearl-diademed, draped, and right; (courage of the Romans), seated left on , on globe offering in her right hand, inverted spear in her left hand, MDPS in ; SOLD
On 24 August 410, the under Alaric I sacked Rome after a third siege. The historian recorded the following satire: the feeble-minded Emperor was informed by a eunuch that "Rome was destroyed" and, thinking the reference was to his favorite hen named "Roma," cried out in great consternation: "How could it be? She just ate out of my hand." Upon being informed of his mistake, the hapless emperor was greatly relieved.RL19355. Bronze half
, 1357, 731-732 var. (1st and 2nd ), II 828, 21048, 39, aVF, 1.017 g, maximum 12.4 mm, 0o, 3rd , Rome mint, late in the reign; D N HONORIVS , pearl-diademed, draped, and right, left; ( of the two emperors), walking left, holding and , T left, RM in ; ; SOLD
, Cyzicus 29(c)3 (C), 703-5, II 2576, 20997, 23, gVF, and struck, light marks, encrustations, 2.510 g, maximum 16.4 mm, 0o, 3rd , Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 23 Jan 393 - 17 Jan 395 A.D.; D N HONORIVS , pearl-diademed, draped, and right; (glory of the Romans), on horseback right, raising right hand, SMKΓ in ; very ; SOLD
, 201, FDC, 4.443 g, maximum 21.1 mm, 180o, 3rd , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 408 - 420 A.D.; D N HONORIVS , helmeted facing, diademed, , spear in right over right shoulder behind , decorated with horseman on left arm; Γ (harmony between the two emperors, 3rd ), enthroned facing, right, holding long and on globe, foot on prow, in ; fully lustrous , perfect full-circle centering, boldly struck with dies - FDC!; ; SOLD
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