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After the Roman troops in Britain, proclaimed general Magnus Maximus emperor, he invaded Gaul and drove Gratian before him until the latter was overrun and assassinated. After negotiations, Theodosius I recognized Magnus Maximus and his son, Flavius Victor, as emperors in Britannia and Gaul. Gratian's brother Valentinian II retained Italy, Pannonia, Hispania, and Africa. In 386 A.D., driven by reckless greed, Magnus Maximus invaded Italy, driving out Valentinian II, who fled to Theodosius I. Commanding an army of Goths, Huns and Alans, Theodosius marched west and defeated Magnus Maximus at the Battle of the Save. On 28 August 388, Magnus Maximus surrendered at Aquileia and was executed.RS87661. Silver siliqua, RIC IX Trier 84b(1), RSC V 20a, Hunter V 6, SRCV V 20644, Cohen VIII 20 (10 fr.), VF, attractive toning, strong flow lines, struck with worn dies, weight 20.23 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 384 - 28 Jul 388 A.D.; obverse D N MAG MA-XIMVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseVIRTVS ROMANORVM (courage of the Romans), Roma seated facing on throne, head left, left leg bare, globe in right hand, spear in left hand, TRPS in exergue; $250.00 (€212.50)
Marcian, 24 August 450 - 31 January 457 A.D.
RL87995. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC XMarcian 555 (S), LRBC II 2469, DOCLR 497, SRCV V 21395, Hunter V 12 var. (monogram), Choice gF, very nice for the type!, well centered bold strike, light marks, encrustations, weight 1.128 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 180o, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, obverse D N MARCIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseMarcianmonogram (RIC monogram 2) in wreath, cross above, NICO in exergue, wreath broken by cross and mintmark; ex Beast Coins; scarce; $150.00 (€127.50)
Valentinian II, 17 November 375 - 15 May 392 A.D.
In 380, Rome's enemies the Germans, Sarmatians and Huns were taken into Imperial service; barbarian leaders began to play an increasingly active role in the Roman Empire.RL74501. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC IXThessalonica 62(a)1 (S), LRBC II 1864, SRCV V 20340, Cohen VIII 12 corr., VF, interesting turrets, tight and slightly irregular flan, weight 0.925 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 345o, 1st officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 384 - 28 Aug 388 A.D.; obverse D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseGLORIA REIPVBLICE (glory of the Republic), campgate with two turrets, A left, TES in exergue; $80.00 (€68.00)
Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.
In 395, after the death of Theodosius I, the Empire was re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The eastern half, centered in Constantinople, was under Arcadius, and the western half, centered in Rome, was under his brother Honorius.BB87985. Bronze centenionalis, DOCLR 760, RIC XArcadius 68, LRBC II 2581, SRCV V 21030, Cohen VIII 56, Hunter V 24, Nice VF, attractive desert patina, nice portrait, centered on a tight flan, weight 2.447 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 395 - 402 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseVIRTVS EXERCITI (courage of the army), Emperor on left standing facing, head right, spear vertical in his right hand, left hand resting on grounded shield, Victory beside him on right, standing left and crowning him with wreath, palm frond in her left, SMKB in exergue; ex Beast Coins; $60.00 (€51.00)
Aelia Flaccilla, Augusta 19 January 379 - 386 A.D., Wife of Theodosius I
Aelia Flaccilla died of natural causes early in 386. Her death is mentioned by (among others) Claudian, Zosimus, Philostorgius and Joannes Zonaras. According to the Chronicon Paschale, the palatium Flaccillianum of Constantinople was named in her honor. A statue of her was placed within the Byzantine Senate. RL87999. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC IX Antioch 64 (R), LRBC II 2744, SRCV V 20628, Cohen VIII 5, Hunter V -, F, dark patina with highlighting red earthen deposits, well centered on a tight flan, small edge split, weight 0.816 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLACCILLA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverseSALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Victory seated right, inscribing Christogram on shield set on cippus, ANE in exergue; ex Beast Coins; rare; $55.00 (€46.75)
Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.
In 395, after the death of Theodosius I, the Empire was re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The eastern half, centered in Constantinople, was under Arcadius, and the western half, centered in Rome, was under his brother Honorius. BB87988. Bronze centenionalis, Hunter V 40 (also 3rd officina), DOCLR 761, RIC XArcadius 72, LRBC II 2793, SRCV V 21031, Cohen VIII 56, VF, dark patina, centered on a small flan, minor edge cracks, light earthen deposits, weight 2.210 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 395 - 402 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed and draped bust right; reverseVIRTVS EXERCITI (courage of the army), Emperor on left standing facing, head right, spear vertical in his right hand, left hand resting on grounded shield, Victory beside him on right, standing left and crowning him with wreath, palm frond in her left hand, ANTΓ in exergue; $40.00 (€34.00)
Theodosius II, 10 January 402 - 28 July 450 A.D.
The Ichthys, or fish symbol, was used by early Christians. Constantine adopted the Chi-Rho Christ monogram (Christogram) as his banner (labarum). The cross was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because it symbolized a purposely painful and gruesome method of public execution that most early Christians would have personally witnessed. In 315, Constantine abolished crucifixion as punishment in the Roman Empire. The use of a cross as the most prevalent symbol of Christianity probably gained momentum after Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, traveled to the Holy Land, c. 326 - 328, and recovered the True Cross. BB87998. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC XTheodosius II 453, LRBC II 2810, SRCV V 21235, Hunter V -, aVF, well centered on a crowded flan, dark patina, obverselegend weak/unstruck, weight 0.935 g, maximum diameter 11.2 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 425 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reversecross in wreath, ANTA in exergue; ex Beast Coins; $30.00 (€25.50)
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