This is a superb ancient Roman silver Siliqua of emperor Valentinian I, dating to 364 - 367 A.D. This coin was minted at Lyon in France, mint mark SLVG.
Obverse: D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG "Our Lord Valentinian Pious Fortunate August" pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: RESTITVTOR REIP "Restorer of the State" Valentinian standing facing, head r., holding labarum and Victory on globe, hook and cross on the standard.
This coin was minted at Lugdunum (Lyons in France) mint mark SLVG. S (for secunda) or the 2nd officinae at the Lugdunum mint. This coin had travelled across the English Channel, being found in the East Harptree Hoard in 1887. Coins from this hoard are of exceptional quality and show dark toning. From the East Harptree, Somerset Hoard (found 1887, published by Evans, J. in NC (1888) p. 22-46 and Robertson, A., Inventory of Romano-British Coin Hoards, 1424). Out of the original 1496 coins in the hoard, only 165 siliquae were of Valentinianus I making this a rare coin with a superb provenance!
DATE: 364 - 375 AD (This coin was minted between 364 - 367 AD)
MINTMARK: LVG (LUGDUDUM / Lyon in France)
SIZE: 17mm dia
WEIGHT: 2.20 grams
ATTRIBUTION: RIC IX Lyons 6a; RSC 18-19+c. (rare variant with cross on shaft)
PROVENANCE: Originally found in the East Harptree Hoard, Somerset.
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