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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Roman Coins ▸ The Late Empire ▸ HonoriusView Options:  |  |  | ◁◁      ▷▷

Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.

Honorius was the son of Theodosius I and upon the latter's death was given the Western provinces to rule as emperor, while his brother Arcadius was given the East. Honorius was a weak incompetent ruler dominated at first by the famed general Stilicho, then by various court favorites. In August 410 A.D. he sat helpless at Ravenna while Rome was sacked by the Goths. He was succeeded by Valentinian III.The Roman Empire 395 AD


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SH17768. Gold solidus, RIC X 1206, EF, weight 4.463 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 0o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, c. 395 - 402 A.D.; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORI-A AVGGG, Honorius treading right foot on captive, standard in right, Victory on globe in left, M-D across fields, COMOB in exergue; nice strike with excellent centering, graffiti "X" right obverse field and small "x" at top rim on reverse; SOLD


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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.
SH05310. Gold solidus, RIC X 1323, Cohen 44, gVF, weight 4.41 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, Ravenna mint, 402 - 403 or 405 - 406 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORI-A AVGGG, Honorius standing right, holding standard and Victory on globe, treading down captive; R-V across fields, COMOB in exergue; rare; SOLD


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SH07624. Gold solidus, RIC X 1206d, EF, weight 4.420 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 402 - 408 A.D.; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORI-A AVGGG, emperor standing right standard in right and Victory on globe in left, with left foot spurns captive, M - D accross fields, COMOB in exergue; wavy flan and flan flaw on reverse 3:00 edge; SOLD


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In 1972, a construction worker at Sremska Mitrovica (ancient Sirmium) accidentally broke into an old Roman pot, about 2 meters deep. Inside, in a leather pouch, were 33 Roman gold coins minted at Sirmium. 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 solidus, RIC IX 14d, aVF, holed, wavy, weight 4.370 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) mint, 393 - 395 A.D.; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTOR-IA AVGGG Z, Honorius standing right, holding standard and Victory on globe, treading down captive, S-M across fields, COMOB in exergue; SOLD


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SH11127. Gold solidus, RIC X 24, VF, weight 4.202 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 402 - c. 403 A.D.; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, helmeted bust facing, diademed, cuirassed, spear in right over right shoulder behind head, shield decorated with horseman on left arm; reverse CONCORDIA AVGGG ∆, Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, holding long scepter and Victory on globe, foot on prow, CONOB in exergue; graffiti on obverse; rare (R2); SOLD


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.

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Part of a very interesting barbarous issue that combined the GLORIA ROMANORVM (Emperor dragging captive) and REPARATIO REIPVB (Emperor raising kneeling woman) reverses into a single one. The style 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 AE 3, RIC X 1355, VF, weight 2.71 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rhine frontier barbarous mint, c. 390 - 400 A.D.; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA RO-MANORVM, Emperor standing right, head left, right hand on head of woman, with left dragging captive; attractive style and nice desert patina; rare; SOLD


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit

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This is the core of an ancient counterfeit solidus, which lost the gold plating entirely.
RL28691. Ancient counterfeit solidus, cf. RIC X 1321 (official, Ravenna 412 - 422 A.D.), aVF, weight 4.383 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, illegal mint, obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORI-A AVGGG, Honorius standing right, holding standard and Victory on globe, treading down captive; R-V across fields, COMOB in exergue; rare; SOLD


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RL06942. Bronze AE 1, RIC IX 46(c)I, Choice aEF, weight 4.93 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 180o, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 22 Jan 393 - 17 Jan 395 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor standing facing, diademed, in military dress, head right standard in right and globe in left, SMNΓ in exergue; beautiful patina, nicely centered, boldly struck, ex Scott Collection; SOLD


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.

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In 395, after the death of Theodosius I, the Empire was re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The eastern half, centered in Constantinople, was under Arcadius, and the western half, centered in Rome, was under his brother Honorius.
BB56320. Bronze AE 3, RIC X 68, gVF, weight 2.529 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 395 - 401 A.D.; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCITI, Emperor standing left, head right, holding spear and shield, Victory left crowns him, star right, SMK[?] in ex; well centered; SOLD


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RL12285. Silver siliqua, RIC X 1228, gVF, weight 1.596 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS ROMANORVM, Roma seated left on cuirass, Victory on globe in right and inverted spear in left, MDPS in ex; very nicely toned, clipped; SOLD


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RL19355. Bronze AE 4, RIC X 1357, aVF, weight 1.017 g, maximum diameter 12.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, late in the reign; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right, star left; reverse VICTOR-IA AVGG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm, T left, RM in ex; scarce; SOLD


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RL23083. Bronze AE 3, RIC IX 29(c), Choice gVF, weight 2.510 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 0o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 15 May 392 - 17 Jan 395 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM, Honorius on horseback right, raising right hand, SMKΓ in ex; a little encrusted; very scarce; SOLD


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SH11637. Gold solidus, RIC X 201, FDC, weight 4.443 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 408 - 420 A.D.; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, helmeted bust facing, diademed, cuirassed, spear in right over right shoulder behind head, shield decorated with horseman on left arm; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG Γ, Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, holding long scepter and Victory on globe, foot on prow, CONOB in exergue; fully lustrous mint state, perfect full-circle centering, boldly struck with sharp dies - FDC!; rare; SOLD


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RL12289. Silver siliqua, RIC X 1228, VF, weight .904 g, maximum diameter 12.81 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS ROMANORVM, Roma seated left on cuirass, Victory on globe in right and inverted spear in left, MDPS in ex; rainbow toning, clipped; SOLD


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RL00243. Silver siliqua, RIC X 32, RSC V 59b, gVF, weight 1.00 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, Honorius diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS ROMANORVM, Roma seated left on cuirass holding Victory on globe and reversed spear; SOLD


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RL12287. Silver siliqua, RIC X 1228, VF, weight .999 g, maximum diameter 12.6 mm, die axis 0o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS RO-MANORVM, Roma seated left on cuirass, Victory on globe in right and inverted spear in left, MDPS in ex; toned with some nice color, clipped; SOLD


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RL30424. Bronze AE 3, RIC X 72, LRBC 761, SRCV 4256, gVF, weight 2.595 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 165o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 395 - 400 A.D.; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCITI, emperor standing facing, spear in right hand, resting left on shield, Victory behind holds palm frond in left and crowing him with wreath in right, ANT[...] in ex; nice "desert" patina, ex Francis Rath; SOLD


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In 395, after the death of Theodosius I, the Empire was re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The eastern half, centered in Constantinople, was put under Arcadius, and the western half, centered in Rome, was put under his eleven-year-old brother Honorius.
RL58166. Bronze AE 2, RIC IX 68(e), VF, weight 5.752 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 15 May 392 - 17 Jan 395 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor standing facing, head right, standard in right, globe in left, ANT∆ in ex; big bronze for the period, nice red earthen highlighting; SOLD


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RL08652. Bronze AE 2, RIC IX 68f, VF, weight 4.43 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 392 - 395 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, rosette diademed draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM, emperor standing facing, head right holding standard and globe, ANTG in exergue; SOLD


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RL20823. Bronze AE 4, RIC X 1357 or similar, VF, weight 1.137 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, late in the reign; obverse [D N HONORI]-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right, star left; reverse VICTOR-IA AVGG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm, uncertain officina letter left, RM in ex; scarce; SOLD




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