AE3. 2.75g, 18.9mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 367-375
REF: RIC IX Siscia 14c xiii
OBVERSE: DN GRATIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: GLORIA RO-MANORVM, emperor dragging captive with right, standard inscribed with chi-rho in left; S in left field, D in right field, ΓSISC in exergue.
Good Very Fine. Reddish brown patina. A scattering of hard malachite hoard deposits cover some of the surface of the coin, but obscures very little of the devices, which are sharp and clear, such as the Christian chi-rho symbol on the standard held by the emperor on the reverse. A pleasing coin.
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 . AE3 . "GLORIA ROMANORVM"
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