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Arcadius, 19 January 383 - 1 May 408 A.D.
In 400, the Great Palace in Constantinople was burned to the ground in riots. In the chaos, the Gothic leader Gainas attempted to evacuate his soldiers out of the city but 7,000 armed Goths were trapped and killed by order of Arcadius. After the massacre, Gainas escaped across the Hellespont, but his rag-tag ad hoc fleet was destroyed by Fravitta, a Gothic chieftain in imperial service. In winter, Gainas led his remaining Goths back to their homeland across the Danube where they were attacked and killed by the Huns. Uldin, the Hun chieftain, sent Gainas' head to Arcadius as a gift.
SH37579. Gold solidus
, RIC X Arcadius
7 (S), Depeyrot
55/1, SRCV V
207- 217 var. (none from 4th officina
), Hunter V
33 - 34 var. (same), VF, scratch in obverse field
, 4th officina
, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight
4.402g, maximum diameter
20.2mm, die axis
, 397 - 402 A.D.; obverse
D N ARCADIVS P F AVG
, helmeted bust
facing, pearl diademed, cuirassed
, spear in right over shoulder, shield
on left arm decorated with a horseman riding down and spearing a fallen enemy; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG
∆ (harmony between the two emperors, 4th officina
enthroned facing, long scepter
in right hand, Victory
on globe offering wreath
in left hand, right leg bare, right foot on prow, CONOB
; ex CNG 173, Lot: 524 (sold for $957 plus fees); ex Alain Lagrange Collection; scarce
Catalog current as of Sunday, December 17, 2017.
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