THEODOSIUS I, THE GREAT
AE3. 2.02g, 20.1mm
MINTED: Cyzicus mint, AD 378-383
REF: RIC IX Cyzicus 18c (R)
OBVERSE: DN THEODO-SIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: CONCOR-DIA AVGGG, Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, foot on prow, holding globe in left and spear in right; cross in left field, SMKΓ in exergue.
Almost Very Fine/Very Fine. Nice smooth, light brown surfaces with a scattering of malachite green deposits on the obverse. A handsome example with a great provenance!
Ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection
Elvira Eliza Clain-Stefanelli (1914-2001) was born in Romania, and during World War II, she and her husband Vladimir were sent by the Gestapo to Buchenwald concentration camp. They survived their 3-year imprisonment and when the war was over, moved to Italy, where they worked in the numismatic trade. In 1951, they moved to the United States, where their knowledge and passion for numismatics led to them becoming curators of National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian. Together, they were also authors of numerous important reference works and curated an excellent personal collection of coins.
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 . AE3. CONCORDIA AVGG . Ex Clain-Stefanelli Collection
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