AE3. 2.75g, 19.8mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 364-367
REF: RIC IX Siscia 5b, type ii-b
OBVERSE: D N VALEN-S P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: GLORIA RO-MANORVM, emperor dragging captive with right, standard inscribed with chi-rho in left; •BSISC in exergue.
Very Fine/Extremely Fine. Deep red coppery surfaces, the result of the coin being cleaned to its original colour. Well-centered, slight roughness and minor hoard deposits, but very nice reverse with plenty of detail on the dress of the figures, the captive's face and the chi-rho on the emperor's standard.
Valens was made co-emperor by his elder brother Valentinian I, and governed the eastern provinces. He contended ineffectually against the Sassanid empire in the east as well as a flow of Gothic refugees encroaching into Roman territory. This latter affair eventually resulted in a war against a huge confederation of Gothic tribes, Ostrogoths, Huns and Alans. At the disastrous Battle of Adrianople in 378, two-thirds of the eastern Roman army was destroyed and Valens himself killed.
VALENS . AD 364-378 . AE3 . Emperor dragging captive . Nice reverse
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