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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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Valens ruled the Eastern Roman Empire, from the Danube to the Persian border. He started the first anti-pagan persecutions. Valens allowed Goths, who were driven from their home by the Huns, to settle in the Danube provinces. The Goths were so badly treated by Romans that they rebelled. Valens was defeated and killed by the Goths at the battle of Hadrianople.
RL88725. Bronze centenionalis, cf. Cohen VIII 11, SRCV V 19715 ff., F, rough cleaning, irregular flan, weight 3.100 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain 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 (glory of the Romans), Emperor advancing right, looking left, dragging captive with right, labarum (standard with Christ monogram banner) in left, mintmark (obscure) in exergue; $12.00 (10.56)


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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 (victory of the two emperors), 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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DNVALENSPERAVG
DNVALENSPERFAVG
DNVALENSPFAVG
IMPCEVALENSPFAVG
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Hahn, Wolfgang. Moneta Imperii Romani-Byzantinii. (Vienna, 1989).
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Paolucci, R. & A. Zub. La monetazione di Aquileia Romana. (Padova, 2000).
Pearce, J.W.E. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Volume IX, Valentinian I - Theodosius I. (London 1933).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. V. Diocletian (Reform) to Zeno. (Oxford, 1982).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. V: The Christian Empire...Constantine II to Zeno, AD 337 - 491. (London, 2014).
Vagi, D. Coinage and History of the Roman Empire. (Sidney, 1999).

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