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Live auction - brm_599220 - GRATIAN Solidus

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Estimate : 2 500 €
Price : 2 700 €
Maximum bid : 2 700 €
End of the sale : 08 September 2020 15:23:05
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Solidus
Date: c. 379
Mint name / Town : Thessalonica
Metal : gold
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 4,48 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 3e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de toute beauté sur un flan large, idéalement centré des deux côtés. Magnifique revers de style fin. La monnaie a conservée son brillant de frappe et son coupant d’origine. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : D N GRATIA-NVS P F AVG.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, drapé et cuirassé à droite, vu de trois quarts en arrière (A'a) ; diadème perlé.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Gratianus Pius Felix Augustus” (Notre seigneur Gratien pieux heureux auguste).


Reverse legend : VICTOR-IA AVGG/ -|-// TESOB.
Reverse description : Gratien à gauche et Théodose Ier à droite, assis de face, diadémés, vêtus de la toge, tenant ensemble un globe ; derrière, buste de la Victoire, les ailes déployées posé sur un cippe orné d’une croisette, cantonnée de trois globules ; entre les deux augustes, une palme posée au sol.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augustorum”, (La Victoire des augustes).

Historical background


(24/08/367-25/08/383) Flavius Gratianus

Gratian, born in 359, was appointed august to 8 years. Became "Senior Augustus" after the death of his uncle in 378, he had to share power with his half-brother Valentinian II and Theodosius chose to assist him in the East. He delete 378 of the chamber the statue of Victory pagan reference to him. After the revolt of Magnus Maximus, he fled but was assassinated in Lyon 25 August 383.

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