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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-LR063
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Valens (364-378)
Denomination:  Solidus
Place made:  Mint of Thessalonica
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  364-367
Metal:  Gold
Weight (g):  4.56
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Description:  Obverse: Valens wearing diadem, paludamentum (military cloak) and cuirass.
Reverse: Valentinian and Valens seated on a double throne holding a globe between them. Victory is crowning the emperors.

This coin symbolises the joint rule of Valens and Valentinian. Valens was raised to the rank of Augustus by his brother in 364, and given the rule of the eastern half of the empire. Valens fought wars against the Persians and Goths. He was killed in battle at Adrianople in 378. The two G’s at the end of the reverse inscription indicate how many emperors are referred to in the inscription.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: DNVALEN SPFAVC (Our Lord Valens Dutiful, Happy, Augustus)
Reverse: VICTOR IAAVGG (Victory to the Augusti) SMTES (Sacred mint) TES (Mint mark for Thessalonica)

Bibliography:  Pearce, J. The Roman Imperial Coinage Vol IX, Valentinian I –Theodosius I H. Mattingly, C.H.V. Sutherland and R.A.G. Carson eds. (London 1968) Coin 4b.

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Whitting, Philip David
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