AE3. 1.88g, 18.5mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 367-375
REF: RIC IX Siscia 15b, type xxxv(a)
OBVERSE: D N VALEN-S P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: SECVRITAS-REIPVBLICAE, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm branch; R over symbol [sym3] in left field, F in right field, ASISCP in exergue.
Almost Very Fine. Cleaned; original coppery colour with darker toned surfaces in fields.
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 . Victory advancing left . Siscia
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