Roman coin ID please!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by frans ferdinand, Dec 3, 2022.

  1. Hello all! My son was given this roman coin as a gift. We were just wondering what emperor is on it, the story behind the reverse, date etc.
    Thank you so much!

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  3. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    Your coin has the Emperor Valens on the obverse (D N VALEN- S P F AVG) and the reverse is GLORIA ROMANORVM; Emperor dragging a captive. The mintmark is tough to make out, but it looks like it is from Siscia (modern day Sisak, Croatia) and was struck A.D. 364- 367. The reverse is a standard type of propaganda from the Roman Empire-- "Glory of the Romans" and their power over everyone. Ironically though, Valens was killed by Goths at the Battle of Adrianople in A.D. 378.
  4. Thank you! That is awesome! My kid and I are very excited and happy to know the history behind this coin.
  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Your coin is similar to this one in my collection:
    Valens 9.jpg
    OBVERSE: D N VALENS P F AVG, diademed draped & cuirassed bust right
    REVERSE: GLORIA ROMANORVM, emperor walking right, head left, holding labarum and dragging bound captive behind him, dot BSISC in ex. R in right field.
    Struck at Siscia 365 AD
    2.1g, 19mm
    RIC 5b.7
  6. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Here is a siiqua of Valens.

    Valens Sil All.jpg

    D N VALENS P F AVG “Our lord Valens, patriotic and dutiful Augustus” VRUS ROMA “City of Rome.” Roma seated on a throne, holding victory, resting on a spear or sceptre (sceptre—a staff or a baton emblematic of authority.)
    Johndakerftw and Bing like this.
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