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Roman Imitatives

Ruler(s)/ Period: Valentinian II
Denomination: Gold plated silver Solidus imitation of Mediolanum (if it was official)
Date of Issue: after 375 AD
Obverse: Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. "DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG"
Reverse: Valentinian and Theodosius seated facing, both nimbate, holding globe between them; behind and betwen them Victory with outstretched wings. "VICTORIA AVGG" In exergue "COM"
Reference: RIC IX 5e
Weight: 2.7 gms
Diameter: 20.8 mm


Fourrée Solidus (gold-plated on silver) with apparently correct matching obverse and reverse. Apart from the obvious hole, presumably so that the coin could be worn as decoration, lines have been scratched over the portrait of Valentinian to show that the coin is false.

This coin is larger, but lighter than an official Solidus - 2.7gm and 20.8mm as opposed to 4.5gm and 18.8mm for an official coin - quite a difference in weight.

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