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VOT XXX MVLT XXXX

Latin abbreviation: Votis Tricennalibus Multis Quadragennalibus - vows (prayers) on the thirtieth anniversary [of the emperors rule], more for his [hoped for] fourtieth anniversary.

The tricennalia were celebrations of the third decennalia, three decades of rule. No coin is known bearing the word tricennalia. Naturally, very few Emperors reigned long enough to enjoy such a festival. VOTIS XXX is found on the coins of Maximian and Constantine I; VOT XXX AVGG on coins of Maximian; VOTIS XXX MVLTIS XXXX on those of Constantine II and Julian II; and VOT XXX MVLT XXXX on those of Julian II, Honorius Valentinian III and Eudoxia.


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VOT XXX MVLT XXXX:

- Within a laurel wreath; P CON in the exergue; on silver coin of Julian II

- Honorius in imperial dress seated facing, holding a signal cloth (mappa) and an eagle tipped scepter; the seat is ornamented with two lion's heads; RV in the field; COMOB in the exergue. Obv: D N HONORIVS P F AVG, helmeted facing bust of Honorius, wearing the imperial mantle, holding mappa and eagle tipped scepter; gold

- Valentinian III in consular dress, standing with a diadem ornamented with a cross, presenting his hand to a kneeling figure, and holding a scepter topped with a cross; RM in the field; COMOB in the exergue. Obv: D N PLACIDIVS VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, diademed bust of Valentinian III left, with the imperial mantle, holding a book (? mappa) and a scepter topped by a cross; gold medallion. A very similar type occurs on the gold coins with obverse legend D N PLA VALENTINIANVS P F AVG

- Sometimes followed by B or Q. Helmeted Rome seated left, placing right foot on prow of a vessel and holding globus cruciger and scepter; behind her a shield; star in the field; CONOB in the exergue. Obv: D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, helmeted bust of Valentinian III facing in cuirass, holding a spear and a shield with horseman motif; gold. Similar types occur on the gold coins of Theodosius II (sometimes TESOB in exergue, Thessalonica 72) and of his sister Pulcheria.

- Theodosius II and Valentinian III seated facing, each holding mappa and cross; CONOB in the exergue. Obv: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, diademed bust of Theodosius II right; gold.

- Eudoxia and her husband Valentinian III standing facing; Eudoxia holds a scepter and Valentinian III a globus cruciger; RM in the field; COMOB in the exergue. Obv: LICINIA EVDOXIA P F AVG, bust of Eudoxia facing, with two long strings of pearls, a cross on her head; gold

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