GRATIAN
AD 367-383

AE3. 2.37g, 19.2mm

MINTED: Antioch mint, AD 378-383
REF: RIC IX 50a.1; LRBC 2668

OBVERSE: D N GRATIA-NVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: VIRTVS RO-MANORVM, helmeted Roma enthroned facing, head left, holding globe and spear; ANTA in exergue.

 

Provenance:

Ex Maple Leaf Collection

 

Grade/Notes:

Very Fine. Well-centered. Dark patina with light earthen deposits. Hint of roughness on reverse.  More attractive in hand. 

 

Historical Notes:

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 . Roma enthroned . Antioch mint

SKU: 2378
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