The Mysterious 72-Solidi Coin of Valens

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  1. ultprice

    ultprice Member

    I was admiring gold multiples late last night and came across a reference to this coin in passing but can't find any more information on it. Does anyone happen to know more?

    Here are the articles I was looking at if you're interested in the topic:

    Also, feel free to share your medallions or coins of Valens for some on-topic eye candy. Here's a siliqua of mine:

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  3. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    Nice coin...What is your avatar?
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  4. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    My knowledge of gold multiples is very limited, but here's my favourite Valens, a siliqua from Arles/Constantina:

    valens arles.jpg
  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Love your avatar RC.

    Great silver, Ultprice.

    I just have a humble bronze, that for some reason, is one of my favorite coins.

    Valens (364 - 378 A.D.)
    O: DN VALENS PF AVG , Pearl - diademed , draped bust right .
    R: SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE,Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm .D over Symbol in left field. F in right field. ASISCV in Exe.
    RIC IX Siscia 15(b), xliii

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  6. Heliodromus

    Heliodromus Active Member

    This is the Valens medallion (RIC IX 37), measuring 98mm and weighing in at 412g (close to a pound). It was part of the Szilagysomlyo hoard (from what is now Romania), found in 1797.


    It's now in the Vienna (Kunsthistorisches museum) coin collection, who have this write-up on the Szilagysomlyo finds.

    Vienna also has this 36-solidi Constantius II medallion (RIC 42) from the same find, which measures 70mm without the bezel (94mm with bezel), and weighs in at 257g.

    Constantius II CAES medallion (36 solidi) Constantinople 330 (RIC 42) 70mm 256.88g - Vienna.jpg
  7. Hrefn

    Hrefn Well-Known Member

    Here’s a multiple solidus medallion. Of course, the multiple is one. upload_2021-6-20_20-13-21.jpeg upload_2021-6-20_20-13-43.jpeg

    But beautiful anyway.
  8. ultprice

    ultprice Member

    Thanks! I'm not quite sure who my avatar is. I stumbled across him in google images years ago, no clue what I was looking for. I found him amusing and saved the image. I was going to use one of my coins, possibly the siliqua I shared above, but when I was making my profile I didn't know how to shrink the file so it would work. My current avatar happened to be right size file.
  9. ultprice

    ultprice Member

    Lovely details. This reverse design feels very big to me with the full bodied, well-detailed emperor, and I do like how it looks on larger coins, but I also like how it takes up a lot of space on more compact flans of siliquae.
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  10. ultprice

    ultprice Member

    That's it! Thanks so much!
  11. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    RI Valens AD 364-378 AE Red Follis Siscia Mint
  12. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter μεγάλος βασιλιάς

    Gaudiamus romanorum = Joy of the Romans
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  13. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    ultprice, Your avatar appears to be a photo of a Maori with elaborate facial tattooing. The Maori from New Zealand are famous for their Tattoo art :happy:. Pictured below are a few examples.
    Maori 1.jpg

    Maori 3.jpg
    Antique photo of a Maori chief.

    Maori 5, Mokomokai1.jpg
    A preserved Maori head (Mokomokai). The Maori used to save heads of important tribal members & important fallen enemies.
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