AE3. 2.46g, 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.
Rich, reddish-brown copper surfaces; an example of a coin cleaned to the original colour of its metal and beginning to tone darker. A scattering of green hoard deposits. Excellent, crisp portrait and a wonderfully detailed reverse with clear facial features seen on the emperor and his captive.
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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