AE3. 2.73g, 18.5mm
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.
Extremely Fine/Very Fine. Reddish-brown copper surfaces; an example of a coin cleaned to the original colour of its metal and beginning to tone darker. Excellent, crisp portrait with sharp details on the armor and drapery. Insignificant flan crack.
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 . Siscia
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