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Arcadius, 19 January 383 - 1 May 408 A.D.
In 400, the Great Palace in Constantinople was burned to the ground in riots. In the chaos, the Gothic leader Gainas attempted to evacuate his soldiers out of the city but 7,000 armed Goths were trapped and killed by order of Arcadius. After the massacre, Gainas escaped across the Hellespont, but his rag-tag ad hoc fleet was destroyed by Fravitta, a Gothic chieftain in imperial service. In winter, Gainas led his remaining Goths back to their homeland across the Danube where they were attacked and killed by the Huns. Uldin, the Hun chieftain, sent Gainas' head to Arcadius as a gift.
SH10007. Gold solidus, DOCLR 217 (also 9th officina), RIC X Arcadius 7 (S), Depeyrot 55/1, SRCV V 20706, Hunter V 33 - 34 var. (officina), about Mint State, 9th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.35g, 397 - c. 403 A.D.; obverse D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, helmeted bust facing, pearl diademed, cuirassed, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with a horseman riding down and spearing a fallen enemy; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG Θ (harmony between the two emperors, 9th officina), Constantinopolis enthroned facing, holding Victory on globe in left and scepter in right, foot on prow, CONOB in exergue; scarce
Catalog current as of Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
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