Could this be a Majorian coin?

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  1. Thomas c

    Thomas c Veni, vidi, vici, Julius Caesar

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  3. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    It’s faint, but I’m reading “Valens” on the obverse. Style looks to be late 4th century, Valens’s time. Majorian coins are much cruder in style.

    We just had someone else last week also ask if they had a Majorian. Interesting (at least to me) since he is so seldom mentioned.

    Here’s my Majorian as a comparison:

    Majorian, Western Roman Empire
    AE nummus
    Obv: D N IVL MAIORIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped bust right
    Rev: VICTORI-A AVGGG, Victory advancing right, holding palm branch and trophy
    Mint: Milan
    Mintmark: MD
    Date: 457-461 AD
    Ref: RIC X 2642

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  4. Thomas c

    Thomas c Veni, vidi, vici, Julius Caesar

    Thanks for this helpful information! Yes, I considered this possibility, but couldn't finds any other coins (Valens including) that would have a P E AUG and this reverse (contrary to P F AUG, of which there are plenty).

    However, I am not sure whether we can actually rely on that one letter. What do you think?
  5. Luke B

    Luke B Member

    Interesting coin!

    I have never seen the legend P E AVG before. What does the E stand for in these instances (or is it possible the Es are simply misspelled Fs?)?
  6. David@PCC


    Odds are it is an F.

    The only PE inscriptions I am aware of besides Majorian are those of Zeno.
  7. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    I agree with David:

    On my coin the F looks like an E , and the A's looks like an H

  8. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    It's definitely not Majorian - There wasn't a single mint in either half of the empire that employed die cutters capable of making such a fine style bust. I'll echo that I'm 99% sure it's Valens and the E is either an engraving error, or a lump in the patina.
  9. Multatuli

    Multatuli Homo numismaticus Supporter

    Definitely a Valens instead of a Majorian. Style is far away. The "E" is actually just a variation of the style of the letter F, and maybe a little more shifted down in the legend.
  10. Thomas c

    Thomas c Veni, vidi, vici, Julius Caesar

    Thank you very much, everyone, that is very helpful!
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