THEODOSIUS I, THE GREAT
AE2. 4.02g, 23mm
MINTED: Nicomedia mint, circa AD 383-388
REF: RIC IX Nicomedia 44b (scarce)
OBVERSE: DN THEODO-SIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: VIRTVS E-XERCITI, Emperor standing right with foot on a kneeling captive, holding globe and standard; SMNΔ in exergue.
Very Fine. Smooth, green-black patina. Sharp details on obverse, a bit of a flat strike on the obverse. Some cleaning scratches. A nice, larger coin.
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 . "VIRTVS EXERCITI" . Nicomedia
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