THEODOSIUS I, THE GREAT
AE2. 5.9g, 24mm
MINTED: Cyzicus mint, AD 383-388
REF: RIC IX Cyzicus 23
OBVERSE: DN THEODO-SIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust right, shield in left hand, spear pointing forward in right hand.
REVERSE: GLORIA RO-MANORVM, emperor standing facing in galley sailing left steered by Victory, head right, right hand raised; T in left field, SMKA in exergue.
Very Fine. An attractive larger Late Roman Bronze with a striking desert patina.
Theodosius I was for a brief period (AD 393-395) the last emperor to rule over a united Roman Empire. He made Christianity the official state religion of the Roman Empire and banned the practising of pagan rituals, including the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece. After his death, the empire was divided between his young sons Arcadius and Honorius, and would never again be reunified under a single ruler.
THEODOSIUS I . AD 379-395 . AE2 . "GLORIA ROMANORVM" . Larger-sized LRB
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