Late Roman Gold Solidus of Emperor Valentinian III Rome Mint

Late Roman Gold Solidus of Emperor Valentinian III Rome Mint

Code: 11808

£1,695.00 Approx $2331.5, €1984.78
 

This is an ancient Roman gold solidus of emperor Valentinian III dating to circa 440 - 450 AD

Obverse: DN PLA VALENTINI-ANVS P F AVG, "Our Lord Placidius Valentinianus, Pious and Blessed August" rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right

Reverse: VICTORI-A AVGGG, "Victory of the Augusts" Valentinian standing facing, holding long cross and Victory on globe, foot placed on human-headed coiled serpent.

R-M either side for Rome and  COMOB in ex. *

This is a superb example with a good portrait, the reverse has a weak strike to the head of Valentinian (perhaps struck from a clogged die), still a lovely example. 

*The moneta comitatensis was a travelling mint attached to the imperial train wherever the Emperor was situated. A special mintmark COM for comitatus (or COMT.M) Most coins signed by the comitatensian mint also bear a supplementary abbreviation referring to the name of the town where the coin was actually struck in this case in Rome.

CULTURE: Roman

DENOMINATION: Solidus

MATERIAL: Gold

DATE: 425 - 455 AD (this coin minted in Rome between 440 - 450 AD)

MINTMARKRM (Rome, Italy)

SIZE: 21mm diameter

WEIGHT: 4.42 grams

ATTRIBUTION:  RIC X 2014; Depeyrot 46/1; DOCLR 850. 

PROVENANCE:  Formerly in a private collection. Frankfurt am Main, Germany.