AE3. 2.74g, 17.8mm
MINTED: Trier mint, AD 378-383
REF: RIC IX Trier 68 (rare)
OBVERSE: DN GRATIA-NVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: CONCOR-DIA AVGGG, Roma, helmeted, seated facing, head left, right leg bare, holding globe and spear; SMTR in exergue.
Almost Very Fine. Dark brown patina with abit of roughness.
This type was also issued for his co-rulers, Valentinian II and Theodosius I. Very similar to another issue, with the same reverse legend, but the seated figure being the personification of Constantinopolis, with her head turned to the right instead of to the left, as on this coin.
Somewhat scarce. Only 3 examples recorded in the online Nummus Bible database.
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 . Trier
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