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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Late Empire| > |Arcadius| > SH90888
Arcadius, 19 January 383 - 1 May 408 A.D.
|Arcadius|, |Arcadius,| |19| |January| |383| |-| |1| |May| |408| |A.D.|, The unusual reverse legend, dedicating the coin to "the new hope of the Republic," would seem better suited to the newly crowned Theodosius. But the legend is unique to Arcadius. How could Arcadius be the "new hope" after he had already ruled for twenty years?
SH90888. Gold solidus, RIC X Arcadius 22 (R3), Depeyrot 54/2 (22 specimens), DOCLR 237 var. (seated on cuirass only), SRCV V 20712, VF, bumps and scrapes, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.392g, maximum diameter 20.8mm, die axis 180o, 402 - 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 NOVA SPES REIPVBLICAE (new hope of the Republic), Victory seated right on cuirass and shield, inscribing XX / XXX on shield resting on her left knee, CONOB in exergue; ex HD Rauch, e-auction 14, part of lot 595; very rare; SOLD










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