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Arcadius, 19 January 383 - 1 May 408 A.D.
The hand of God offering the diadem asserts that Arcadius derived the right to rule directly from the will of God. He claimed the divine right of kings, the political and religious doctrine that royal legitimacy was God's mandate.
RL22067. Bronze maiorina, RIC IX Cyzicus 15 (S), LRBC II 2547, DOCLR 16, SRCV V 20785, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, VF, 4th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, weight 5.667g, maximum diameter 22.7mm, die axis 0o
, 19 Jan 383 - c. 386 A.D.; obverse D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, spear left in right hand, shield on left arm, hand of God above offering diadem
; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), Emperor standing facing, head left, diademed and wearing military garb, labarum in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield at side, captive on left seated facing with hands bound behind and looking at emperor, cross above captive left, SMK∆ in exergue; scarce
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