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Johannes, 20 November 423 - May 425 A.D.

Johannes was Honorius' secretary and assumed the throne upon Honorius' death. Theodosius II, the emperor at Constantinople refused to recognize him and marched into Italy at the head of a formidable army. Johannes did not stand a chance. He was captured at Ravenna in early summer 425 A.D., tortured, mutilated, exhibited in the circus mounted on an ass and executed. All coins of Johannes are rare.


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Johannes was primicerius notariorum (senior civil servant) for Honorius and seized the throne of the Western Roman Empire upon Honorius' death. Johannes issued coins for Theodosius II and attempted to negociate his position. Theodosius II refused to recognize him, elevated Valentinian III to Augustus, and marched into Italy at the head of a formidable army. Johannes was captured at Ravenna in early summer 425 A.D., tortured, mutilated, exhibited in the circus mounted on an ass and executed.
RL76816. Bronze half centenionalis, SRCV V 21122; RIC X 1913, 1920 - 1921, or 1923; LRBC II 837 or 838 (various mintmarks), aF, weight 1.085 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 20 Nov 423 - May 425 A.D.; obverse D N IOHANNES P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Victory walking left, trophy over right shoulder in right, dragging captive with left, staurogram (P) in left field, obscure mintmark in exergue; rare; $120.00 (106.80)


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Johannes was Honorius' secretary and assumed the throne upon Honorius' death. Theodosius II refused to recognize Joannes as emperor and prepared for war. Johannes sent Flavius Aetius, governor of the palace, to the Huns to ask for their assistance. Flavius returned to Italy with a large force. In Winter 244, Theodosius' army under command of Ardaburius marched into Italy and made their base at Aquileia. In May 245, Joannes was defeated at Ravenna. He was brought as a prisoner to Aquileia, paraded in the circus mounted on an ass, pelted with insults from the mob, and then executed.
SH25160. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC X 1920, LRBC II 837, SRCV V 21122, aVF, weight 1.302 g, maximum diameter 12.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Rome mint, 20 Nov 423 - May 425 A.D.; obverse D N IOHANNES P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SALVS REIPVLICE (health of the Republic), Victory walking left holding trophy over right shoulder and dragging captive, P in left field, PRM in exergue; In summer 245, Joannes was defeated at the fortified city of Ravenna and brought as a prisoner to Aquileia. After a humiliating parade on a donkey and the insults of the populace, he was executed.; rare emperor; SOLD


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Johannes was primicerius notariorum (senior civil servant) for Honorius and seized the throne of the Western Roman Empire upon Honorius' death. Johannes issued coins for Theodosius II and attempted to negociate his position. Theodosius II refused to recognize him, elevated Valentinian III to Augustus, and marched into Italy at the head of a formidable army. Johannes was captured at Ravenna in early summer 425 A.D., tortured, mutilated, exhibited in the circus mounted on an ass and executed.
RL77210. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC X 1923 (R3), LRBC II 838, SRCV V 21122, Hunter V -, VF, well centered on a tight flan, weight 0.89 g, maximum diameter 11.8 mm, 2nd officina, Rome mint, obverse D N IOHANNES P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Victory walking left, trophy over right shoulder in right, dragging captive with left, staurogram (P) in left field, RMS in exergue; very rare; SOLD







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