Roman gold solidus of Theodosius the Great Milan Mint

Roman gold solidus of Theodosius the Great Milan Mint

Code: 11900

£1,685.00 Approx $2317.74, €1973.07
 

This is an ancient Roman gold Solidus of emperor Theodosius I dating to 392 - 395 AD.

Obverse: DN THEODO-SIVS P F AVG ""Our Lord Theodosius, pious, fortunate, August (Emperor)" Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. 

Reverse: VICTORI-A AVGGG "To the Victory of the Emperors" emperor standing right, holding labarum and Victory on globe, spurning captive at foot. M-D across field

This coin was struck at the Milan mint, having travelled across the empire and being lost in Kent in the U.K. This would have been included with some of the last Roman gold coinage to enter Britain before the Romans abandoned the province in 410 A.D. A rare coin that has been buried in the ground, so some marks/digs to the field but otherwise VF

*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 Milan.

DENOMINATION: Solidus

MATERIAL: Gold

DATE: 379 - 395 AD (this coin issued between 392 - 395 AD)

MINTMARK: MD (Mediolanum Milan)

SIZE: 20.36mm dia

WEIGHT: 4.33 grams

ATTRIBUTION:  C.39 (25f.) - RIC.35 a - Dep.16 /3 (6 ex.)

PROVENANCE:  Formerly in a private collection, London. Originally found in Kent, UK