AE3. 1.96g, 18.5mm
MINTED: Aquileia mint, circa AD 379-383
REF: RIC IX Aquileia 32c (scarce)
OBVERSE: DN VALENTINI-ANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: CONCOR-DIA AVGGG, Roma enthroned facing, globe in right hand, spear in left; SMAQS in exergue.
Very Fine. Jet-black patina with orange earthen deposits highlighting devices. Slight striking weakness on reverse. A very attractive example.
Valentinian was 4 years of age when his father, Valentinian I, died in AD 375 and senior army officers decided to raise him to the purple. He co-ruled with his elder brother, Gratian and an uncle, Valens, but by AD 383 both of them were also dead. Young Valentinian never exercised much imperial power himself, and was mostly under the thumb of his mother or co-emperors like Theodosius. In AD 392, the 21-year old Valens apparently hung himself in his home. He was possibly murdered by Theodosius's Frankish general, Arbogast.
VALENTINIAN II . AD 375-392 . AE3 . Roma Enthroned . Aquileia
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