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Valens, 28 March 364 - 9 August 378 A.D.

Valens was the younger brother of Valentinian I, and he was declared Augustus in 364 A.D. He was given command of the Eastern provinces, where he spent much of his time campaigning against the Goths and Persians. In 376 A.D., Valens allowed Gothic tribes, who were being driven forward by the Huns to settle in the Danube provinces. The Goths were so badly treated by the Romans that they rebelled. Valens was defeated by the Goths at the catastrophic battle of Hadrianople, where he lost his life and two-thirds of the Roman army was killed.

|Valens|, |Valens,| |28| |March| |364| |-| |9| |August| |378| |A.D.||centenionalis|
On 28 March 364, Valens, brother of Valentinian I, was appointed co-emperor (Augustus) in the palace of Hebdomon (Turkey). He soon began the first anti-pagan persecutions.
RL112548. Bronze centenionalis, RIC IX Alexandria 1b, Cohen VIII 11, LRBC II 2858, SRCV V 19763, Hunter V 69, Fine, centered, earthen deposits, weight 2.599 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 28 Mar 364 - 24 Aug 367 A.D.; obverse D N VALENS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), Valens advancing right, labarum (chi-rho standard) in left, dragging captive with right, ALE[..] in exergue; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 129 (4 Jun 2023), lot 1002 (part of); $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00


|Valens|, |Valens,| |28| |March| |364| |-| |9| |August| |378| |A.D.||solidus|
The mint mark in the exergue may be read TR for Treveri, OB for obryzium (refined gold), and the final T for tertia (3rd officina).
SH28058. Gold solidus, RIC IX Trier 17(e)4, Choice EF, weight 4.423 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, obverse D N VALENS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGG (victory of the two emperors), Valentinian and Valens, enthroned facing, together they hold globe, palm between them, Victory with spread wings facing above, TROBT in exergue; SOLD


|Valens|, |Valens,| |28| |March| |364| |-| |9| |August| |378| |A.D.||solidus|
The mint mark in the exergue may be read TR for Treveri, OB for obryzium (refined gold).
SH56811. Gold solidus, RIC IX Trier 17e2/39a1, EF, weight 4.473 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier) mint, 24 Aug 367 - 9 Aug 378 A.D.; obverse D N VALENS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGG (victory of the two emperors), Valentinian and Valens, enthroned facing, together they hold a globe, palm frond between their legs, Victory facing in center above behind throne with spread wings, TROBC in exergue; very light hairline scratches, slight double strike, excellent centering; scarce; SOLD










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

DNVALENSPERAVG
DNVALENSPERFAVG
DNVALENSPFAVG
IMPCEVALENSPFAVG
VALENSAVGVS


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