AE3. 2.38g, 19mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 364-367
REF: RIC IX Siscia 7b, type ii (b)
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; •ΔSISC in exergue.
Extremely Fine. Lustrous red copper surfaces. An example of a coin cleaned to the original colour of its metal. Very sharp portrait and details. Well-centered with small area of flatness and minor hoard deposits.
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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