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Gratian, 24 August 367 - 25 August 383 A.D.
Gratian was Roman emperor from 367 to 383. The eldest son of Valentinian I, Gratian accompanied, during his youth, his father on several campaigns along the Rhine and Danube frontiers. Upon the death of Valentinian in 375, Gratian's brother Valentinian II was declared emperor by his father's soldiers. In 378, Gratian's generals won a decisive victory over the Lentienses, a branch of the Alamanni, at the Battle of Argentovaria. Gratian subsequently led a campaign across the Rhine, the last emperor to do so, and attacked the Lentienses, forcing the tribe to surrender. That same year, his uncle Valens was killed in the Battle of Adrianople against the Goths – making Gratian essentially ruler of the entire Roman Empire. He favoured Christianity over traditional Roman religion, refusing the divine attributes of the Emperors and removing the Altar of Victory from the Roman Senate.
RL87982. Bronze maiorina, Hunter V
25 (also 3rd officina
), RIC IX Arelate
II 548, SRCV V
20005, Cohen VIII
30, VF, dark patina
with buff earthen highlighting, light marks and scratches, tiny edge splits, 3rd officina
, Constantina-Arelatum (Arles
, France) mint, weight
4.911g, maximum diameter
24.3mm, die axis
, c. 379 - 25 August 383 A.D.; obverse
D N GRATIANVS P F AVG
, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust
REPARATIO REIPVB, emperor standing facing, head
left, right hand raising kneeling turreted woman, Victory
on globe offering wreath
in his left hand, TCON in exergue
; ex Harlan Berk
Catalog current as of Monday, March 25, 2019.
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