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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |The Late Empire| ▸ |Procopius||View Options:  |  |  | 

Procopius, 28 September 365 - 27 May 366 A.D.

Procopius was a member of the Constantinian dynasty and a general under Julian II. Some contemporary historians of Procopius claim that Julian II had meant for the general to succeed him instead of Jovian. Whether true or not, Jovian gained the throne and Procopius retired. After Jovian died, the next emperors, Valentinian and Valens, had Procopius arrested. Procopius escaped and, on 28 September 365, bribed two legions passing by Constantinople, proclaimed himself emperor, and took control of Thrace and Bithynia. In April 366, Valens defeated the troops of Procopius in the Battle of Thyatira in Phrygia, ending his revolt. Procopius fled the battlefield, but was captured at Nacoleia and executed on 27 May 366.

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Serenianus a general with a reputation for cruelty, was once the executioner of Constantius Gallus, and had previously served as Valens' comes domesticorum (commander of the imperial bodyguard). After Procopius rebelled, loyal to Valens, he went to Cyzicus, where an imperial officer named Venustus had retreated with money intended to pay the troops. Serenianus was confident in the city garrison and in the strength of the city walls, but Procopius wanted the payroll. He collected a strong army, besieged and captured the city. Serenianus was sent as a prisoner to Nicaea. During the night after Procopius was killed, Marcellus, a relative of Procopius in command of the garrison of Nicaea, entered the Palace where Serenianus was held, and killed him. Marcellus was later captured and executed.
RL110796. Bronze centenionalis, LRBC II 1928, RIC IX Nicomedia 10.4 (R3), Cohen VIII 8, SRCV V 19884, aVF, well centered, near full legends, green patina, highlighting red earthen deposits, small edge splits, weight 2.842 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 28 Sep 365 - Apr 366 A.D.; obverse D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed draped and cuirassed bust left; reverse REPARATIO FEL TEMP (happy times restored), Procopius standing facing, head right, labarum in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, uncertain object at feet, (Christ monogram) in upper right field, SMNA in exergue; very rare; $150.00 (151.50)


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Simply fabulous! Perhaps the finest Procopius bronze we have ever seen.
SH28189. Bronze centenionalis, RIC IX Constantinopolis p. 215, 17a(2) (R2); LRBC II 2081; Cohen VIII 8; SRCV V 19883; Hunter V p. 387, 3 var. (2nd officina, 2 pellets in l. field), Choice EF, weight 3.692 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 28 Sep 365 - Apr 366 A.D.; obverse D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse REPARATIO FEL TEMP (happy times restored), Procopius standing facing, head right, labarum with star in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, object (helmet) on ground to left, (monogram of Christ) above right, CONSΓ in exergue; rare; SOLD


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The variant with a branch in the left field is considerably scarcer than the usual "indeterminate object" or blank field. In addition, this officina is not listed in RIC.
SH20377. Bronze centenionalis, LRBC II 2084, RIC IX Constantinopolis 17b (R3) var. (unlisted officina), Cohen VIII 9, SRCV V 19882, Hunter V -, EF, sharp, very nice green patina, weight 3.393 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 28 Sep 365 - Apr 366 A.D.; obverse D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse REPARATIO FEL TEMP (happy times restored), Procopius standing facing, head right, labarum in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, palm frond left, (Christ monogram) above right, CONS∆ in exergue; very rare; SOLD







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