AE2. 5.0g, 23.8mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 378-383
REF: RIC IX Siscia 26a2
OBVERSE: DN GRATIA-NVS P F AVG, Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.
REVERSE: REPARATIO REIPVB, Gratian standing front, head left, raising kneeling female on left, and holding Victory on a globe; *BSISC in exergue.
Very Fine. Dark, reddish brown patina. Some light roughness, particularly on reverse, but a much stronger obverse with a particularly pleasing bust of Gratian.
Gratian was the eldest son of Emperor Valentinian I. When his father died in 375, 16 year old Gratian shared the rule of the Empire with his uncle, Valens, and his 4 year old half-brother, Valentinian II. After Valens was killed at the disastrous Battle of Adrianople in 378, Gratian invited one of his father's old generals, Theodosius, to take over Valens's eastern half of the Empire. For a few years, Gratian ruled over the West with some success, but in 383, he was overthrown by a usurper, Magnus Maximus, and soon thereafter murdered.
GRATIAN . AD 367-383 . AE2 . "REPARATIO REIPVB" . Larger-szied LRB . Siscia
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