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Johannes, 20 November 423 - May 425 A.D.
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.
RL75649. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC X 1920 (R2), LRBC II 837, SRCV V 21122, Nice VF, well centered on the usual tight flan, nice contrasting patina, 5th officina, Rome mint, weight 1.167g, maximum diameter 12.7mm, die axis 180o
, 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 (
) in left field, ERM in exergue; from a Drexel Hill collection; very rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
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