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Procopius, 28 September 365 - 27 May 366 A.D.

Procopius was a member of the Constantinian dynasty and a general under Julian II. Some contemporary historians of Procopius claim that Julian II had meant for the general to succeed him instead of Jovian. Whether true or not, Jovian gained the throne and Procopius retired. After Jovian died, the next emperors, Valentinian and Valens, had Procopius arrested. Procopius escaped and, on 28 September 365, bribed two legions passing by Constantinople, proclaimed himself emperor, and took control of Thrace and Bithynia. In April 366, Valens defeated the troops of Procopius in the Battle of Thyatira in Phrygia, ending his revolt. Procopius fled the battlefield, but was captured at Nacoleia and executed on 27 May 366.


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Simply fabulous! Perhaps the finest Procopius bronze we have ever seen.
SH28189. Bronze centenionalis, LRBC II 2081, RIC IX Constantinopolis 17a, Cohen VIII 8, SRCV V 19883, Choice EF, weight 3.692 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 28 Sep 365 - Apr 366 A.D.; obverse D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse REPARATIO FEL TEMP (happy times restored), Procopius standing facing, head right, labarum in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, object on ground to left, Christogram above right, CONSΓ in exergue; rare; SOLD


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The variant with a branch in the left field is considerably scarcer than the usual "indeterminate object" or blank field. In addition, this officina is not listed in RIC.
SH20377. Bronze centenionalis, LRBC II 2084, RIC IX Constantinopolis 17b (R3) var. (unlisted officina), Cohen VIII 9, SRCV V 19882, EF, sharp, very nice green patina, weight 3.393 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 28 Sep 365 - Apr 366 A.D.; obverse D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse REPARATIO FEL TEMP (happy times restored), Procopius standing facing, head right, labarum in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, palm frond left, Christogram above right, CONS∆ in exergue; very rare; SOLD


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Although the raised metal lumps may arouse suspicion that this is a cast forgery, it is a struck Constantinople mint issue. It was struck with damaged dies. In addition, it is encrusted with silver and lead deposits originating from other coins with which it was hoarded. This metal was probably deposited either by fire or natural electrolysis in the soil. Specimens in this grade, but of more attractive surfaces, often sell in the $2000 to $3000 range.
SH25805. Silver siliqua, RIC IX Constantinopolis 13(e)1 (R), SRCV V 19867, VF, encrusted, die damage, weight 1.340 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 28 Sep 365 - Apr 366 A.D.; obverse D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOT V within wreath, CA in exergue; rare; SOLD







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