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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Late Empire| > |Valentinian II| > RL91655
Valentinian II, 17 November 375 - 15 May 392 A.D.
Valentinian himself seems to have exercised no real authority, and was a figurehead for various powerful interests: his mother, his co-emperors, and powerful generals. Since the Crisis of the Third Century, the empire had been ruled by powerful generals, a situation formalized by Diocletian and his collegiate system. While Constantine and his sons had been strong military figures, they had also re-established the practice of hereditary succession, adopted by Valentinian I. The obvious flaw in these two competing requirements came in the reign of Valentinian II, a child. His reign was a harbinger of the fifth century, when children or nonentities, reigning as emperors, were controlled by powerful generals and officials.
RL91655. Bronze maiorina, Hunter V 24 (also 1st officina), RIC IX Aquileia 30(b)2, LRBC II 1520, SRCV V 20272, LRBC II 1065, Cohen VIII 26, VF, well centered, crackled surface corrosion, slightly irregular flan, 1st officina, Aquileia mint, weight 4.634g, maximum diameter 22.2mm, die axis 180o, 9 Aug 378 - 25 Aug 383; obverse D N VALENTINIANVS IVN P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse REPARATIO REIPVB, emperor standing slightly half left, with right hand clasping the hand of turreted woman kneeling at his feet before him, Victory standing on globe offering wreath in emperor's left hand, SMAQP in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD

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