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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Late Empire| > |Honorius| > RL20823
Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.
|Honorius|, |Honorius,| |23| |January| |393| |-| |15| |August| |423| |A.D.|, On 24 August 410, the Visigoths under Alaric I sacked Rome after a third siege. The historian Procopius recorded the following satire: the feeble-minded Emperor Honorius was informed by a eunuch that "Rome was destroyed" and, thinking the reference was to his favorite hen named "Roma," cried out in great consternation: "How could it be? She just ate out of my hand." Upon being informed of his mistake, the hapless emperor was greatly relieved.
RL20823. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC X Honorius 1357, DOCLR 731, LRBC II 828, SRCV V 21048, Cohen VIII 39, VF, Rome mint, weight 1.137g, maximum diameter 11.6mm, die axis 180o, late in the reign; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, star left; reverse VICTORIA AVGG (victory of the two emperors), Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm, uncertain officina letter left, RM in exergue; scarce; SOLD











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