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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-LR009
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Jovian (363-364)
Denomination:  Siliqua
Place made:  Mint of Constantinople
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  363-364
Metal:  Silver
Weight (g):  2.12
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Description:  Obverse: Jovian wearing diadem, paludamentum (military cloak) and cuirass.
Reverse: Wreath containing inscription.

Jovian was declared emperor by the army in Mesopotamia, after the death of Julian the Apostate during fighting with the Persians. Jovian died whilst making his way to Constantinople from Persia in 364. Considering this, the claim of this coin to be redeeming the vows made after a five year reign is unusual.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: DNIOVIAN VSPFAVC (Our Lord Jovian Dutiful, Happy, Augustus)
Reverse: VOT/V/MVL/X (Five Year Vows [redeemed]; Many Ten Year Vows [undertaken]) CP•A (Mint mark of Constantinople, officina (workshop) A)

Bibliography:  Kent, J. The Roman Imperial Coinage Vol VIII, The Family of Constantine I A.D. 337-364 C.H.V. Sutherland and R.A.G. Carson eds. (London 1981) Coin 173.

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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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