Late Roman coinage

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Campbell Miller, Sep 23, 2021.

  1. Campbell Miller

    Campbell Miller Well-Known Member

    Hey all,
    In honor of my most recent late Roman coin, a Valentinian I solidus, I think it would be neat to see everyone else's late Roman coins! I may be tempting fate to post it, as it hasn't arrived yet, but I am just too excited! I started off collecting LRB's and coins of the late Roman Empire will forever hold a special place in my collection.

    Weight: 4.36 g
    Diameter: 21 mm
    Ref.: RIC IX 2b; Depeyrot 22/1

    Obverse: DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG. Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right

    Reverse: RESTITVTOR REIPVBLICAE. Emperor standing facing, head right, holding labarum and Victory on globe; in left field, cross; in exergue, (star)ANTЄ (star)
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  3. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Campbell, Congrats on your handsome Antioch solidus :happy:. I have a special interest in late Roman coinage too ;). Pictured below is a recent acquisition :D.

    NGC 4277731-043 Al Kowsky Collection.jpg
  4. Campbell Miller

    Campbell Miller Well-Known Member

    That is a handsome portrait of Constantine! Very nice coin Al!
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  5. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    A bronze piece. I like the heavier LRB's when I can find them:

    Arcadius, A.D. 395-408
    AE22, 5.7 grams, Antioch mint

    Obverse: D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG
    Rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right

    Emperor standing facing, head right, holding standard and globe

    Mintmark: ANT

    Reference: RIC IX Antioch 68C, pg. 294


  6. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite Late coins is this tiny nummus of Theodosius.
    Theodosius I AE4 RIC IX Constantinople 83b.JPG
  7. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

  8. ominus1

    ominus1 ...BE SEEING YOU! Supporter 1st ancients were LRB's....i have a slew of LRB's to go thru for the 4th century collection/selection .. here's one for Warren :) IMG_0683.JPG IMG_0685.JPG Valentinian l, (364-375AD), 17+mm, 3.98gms
  9. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    I bought this solidus of Aelia Pulcheria "by accident" that is a entered a low bid, fully expecting to be outbid. For some reason nobody else was interested and I won a coin that I didn't really want at the time. However, it grew on me and I am happy to own it now.

    Aelia Pulcheria daughter of Arcadius

    Rev.: VOT XX - MVLT XXX -- CONOB

    Mint: Constantinople
    Weight: 4.46 g

    RIC 220; MIRB 17a.b; Depeyrot 74.3

    Pulcheria means "the beautiful" and looking at her very elaborate hairstyle and dress it looks like she lived up to her name.

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  10. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    This is my favorite Arcadius follis. How needs a solidus if you can have a follis with this kind of detail. Note the emperor's dress and the shield decorations. I love that coin and it only cost a 10th of the price of a solidus.

    Arcadius (19.01.383 - 01.05.408)


    Mint: Alexandria

    Note the misspelling of GLORIA as GLORAI

    Screenshot 2021-09-23 at 21.04.17.png
  11. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Beautiful solidus with a strong portrait to it, congrats.
    Sadly I don't have any gold to contribute with, however, a few of my LRBs and siliquae are decent enough

    Valentinian II, AE2 - Constantinople mint, 4th officina
    D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, Helmeted, diademed, cuirassed bust of Valentinian, holding spear in right hand
    GLORIA RO-MANORUM, Valentinain standing on a galley, driven by a victory, Wreath in field, CON delta at exergue
    4.93 gr
    Ref : RIC # 52, Cohen #22, RC #4161, LRBC #2151

    Theodosius, AE4 - Cyzicus mint, 2nd officina
    DN THEODO SIVS P F AVG, draped and diademed bust of Theodosius right
    SALVS REI PVBLICAE, Victory walking left, dragging captive. Christogram in field, SMKB at exergue
    1.41 gr
    Ref : Cohen #30, LRBC # 2569, Roman coins #4188v, RIC IX Cyzicus 26b

    Arcadius, AE2 - Alexandria mint, 3rd officina
    D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, Diademed bust of Arcadius right
    VIRTS EXERCITI (sic !), Arcadius, standing right, a captive at right foot, holding globe and standard. ALE gamma at exergue
    6.28 gr
    Ref : RIC # 18, RC #4230, LRBC #2896 var

    Theodosius II, Siliqua - Constantinople mint
    D N THEODO SIVS P F AVG, diademed draped and cuirassed bust right seen from front
    VOT/XX/MVLT/XXX, within a laurel wreath, CONS* at exergue
    2.16 gr, 18.5 mm
    RIC X, # 381

  12. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Oooh! I have one of those I really like as well! I should really take a better picture of it. The reverse (and obverse too), for this period, is extremely well done and of high relief, although off center.
  13. Hrefn

    Hrefn Well-Known Member

    Valentinian I’s brother Valens. upload_2021-9-23_18-11-46.jpeg upload_2021-9-23_18-11-46.jpeg
  14. ominus1

    ominus1 ...BE SEEING YOU! Supporter

    yours is (purdy much) well struck with fresh dies and AU bro! :)
  15. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

  16. Ryan McVay

    Ryan McVay Supporter! Supporter

    Wow, let's give a "big hand" to Valentinian II. Wondering if that has anything to do with Sabazio?? Might be stretching it there!
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  17. IMP Shogun

    IMP Shogun Well-Known Member

    Here's a siliqua of his brother to pair with your solidus from Antioch

    Valentinian / Theodosian Valens 364-378 A.D. siliqua RIC 34d1
    Votive 367-375 Antioch
    Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
    DN VALENS PER F AVG VOT X MVLT XX ANT•• VOT X MVLT XX in four lines within wreath; in exergue, ANT••
    18.0mm 1.94g

    and one from Lugdunum purportedly from the Gussage All Saints Hoard in Dorset, England:
    Valentinian / Theodosian Valens 364-378 A.D. siliqua RIC IX 9b
    Lyons 17 Roma 364-367 Lugdunum
    Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
    Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory on globe in right hand and inverted spear in left; 1st officina

    Valentinian from Lugdunum with the Chi Rho banner and Victory, that pairs with yours very well!
    Valentinian / Theodosian Valentinian I 364–375 A.D. Siliqua RIC IX 6d
    Victory 364-367 Lugdunum
    pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust to right
    Emperor standing facing, head to right, holding labarum, with cross and hook on shaft, and Victory on globe; SLVG in exergue
    17.0mm 1.81g

    Valentinian III:
    Valentinian / Theodosian Valentinian III 425–455 A.D. solidus RIC X 2015
    Victory 440-455 Rome
    rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust to right
    emperor standing facing holding long cross and Victory on globe, placing his foot on human-headed coiled serpent; R-M across fields, COMOB in exergue
    Depeyrot 46/1
    22.0mm 4.41g
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2021
  18. Locran94

    Locran94 New Member

  19. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Valens 13.jpg
    AV Solidus
    OBVERSE: DN VALENS PER F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right
    REVERSE: RESTITVTOR REIPUBLICAE, Valens standing right, holding labarum in right hand & Victory on globe in left, cross to left. Mintmark star ANTE star
    Struck at Antioch, 364 AD
    3.6g, 19mm
    Antioch RIC 2d,xxxvii-5
  20. zenlib

    zenlib Member

    This seems to be the best place to put my question before I go down too far into the rabbit hole that is my mind. What reference is meant by LRBC # in a coin description? I know it stands for Late Roman Bronze Coinage and I want to assume it is the Carson et al book originally published by Spink. However, in doing a googoogoogle, I discovered other authors with the same title. Thank you in advance.
  21. dltsrq

    dltsrq Grumpy Old Man

    Yes, Carson, Hill & Kent (1978), Late Roman Bronze Coinage. I have the 1989 Durst reprint. Very handy.
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