THEODOSIUS I THE GREAT
AE4. 1.36g, 14.4mm
MINTED: Aquileia mint, AD 383-387
REF: RIC IX Aquileia 47b (scarce)
OBVERSE: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, laureate and draped bust right.
REVERSE: VICTORIA AVGGG, two Victories facing each other, each holding a wreath; SMAQP in exergue.
Dark brown patina with scattered green deposits. A nice example of a scarce type.
The three emperors recognized on the reverse legend, VICTORIA AVGGG, are Theodosius I, Valentinian II, and Arcadius. This issue was struck at Aquileia in the few years prior to the invasion of Italy by the usurper Magnus Maximus in 387, who thereafter minted his own coins in the city for a short period of time before his defeat in 388. Maximus was captured and executed at Aquileia on 28 August 388.
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 . AE4 . Two Victories . *Scarce type*
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