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Live auction - brm_361949 - VALENTINIAN III Solidus

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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 950 €
Maximum bid : 1 283 €
End of the sale : 29 September 2015 15:17:47
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Solidus
Date: c. 430-445
Mint name / Town : Ravenna
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,44 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large parfaitement centré des deux côtés avec les grènetis irrégulier. Très beau portrait de Valentinien III. Joli revers de style fin, bien venu à la frappe, faible sur la tête de l’empereur. Belle patine de médaillier avec des reflets dorés
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock d’Alain Poinsignon et de la collection MG


Obverse legend : D N PLA VALENTI-NIANVS P F AVG.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, drapé et cuirassé de Valentinien III à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (A'c) ; diadème perlé et gemmé.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Placidius Valentinianus Pius Felix Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Placide Valentinien pieux heureux auguste).


Reverse legend : VICTORI-A AVGGG/ R|V// COMOB.
Reverse description : Valentinien III diadémé, vêtu militairement debout de face, tenant une longue croix de la main droite et une globe nicéphore de la main gauche ; le pied droit posé sur un captif de forme serpentiforme dont seule la tête est visible.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augustorum”, (La Victoire des augustes).


Rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées. Diadème richement ornementé terminé par un cabochon gemmé rond. Fibule d’attache gemmée terminée par trois pendants perlés. Ptéryges fines et cloutées sous le paludamentum. Cet exemplaire légèrement stylisé pourrait très bien être une imitation réalisée par les Wisigoths dans les années 445-455.

Historical background

Valentinian III

(23/10/425-16/03/455) Placidius Valentinianus

Valentinian III, born in 419, was the son of Constantius III and Galla Placidia, the nephew of Honorius. His mother is angry with his half-brother, she left Constantinople to Ravenna to find refuge with Theodosius II. On the death of Honorius in 423, John usurped the throne. Theodosius II is allowing his cousin to take possession of his throne two years later. His mother Galla Placidia acted as regent on behalf of his son. In 437 Valentinian III married Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of Theodosius II. In the West, Valentinian III gave up power at general Aetius. The latter tried to organize the defense of the West against the thrust of the Germanic tribes on the outskirts of the Empire. In 451, Aetius won a great victory Catalauniques Fields near Chalons-en-Champagne with input federated troops, especially Visigoth. Aetius was finally assassinated in 454. The following year, Valentinian III was in turn removed at the behest of Petronius Maximus, an old senator. The same year, Rome, for the second time in less than fifty years was besieged and taken by the Barbarians.

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