From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
Name/TitleCoin, Aes, Valens
About this objectThis bronze aes was minted in Arelatum, also known as Constantina, in modern day Arles, France.
The coin depicts a bust of the emperor Valens, facing right. He is draped and cuirassed, and wearing a pearl diadem. The pearl diadem replaced the laurel wreath in later Roman portraits. The cuirass show Valens in a military light. This is reinforced by the image of the figure of Victory holding the wreath and palm, shown on the reverse.
Flavius Julius Valens Augustus was emperor from 364-378 CE. He was appointed joint Augustus and ruler of the eastern provinces by his older brother Valentinian I. Despite his depiction on coins, he is considered to have had very little military ability, although he was a conscientious administrator. He died in the Battle of Adrianople.
Date Made367-375 CE
Place NotesArelate Mint (also known as Constantina)
Medium and MaterialsMetal: Bronze
Style and IconographyRoman
Inscription and MarksObverse:
DN VALEN-S PF AVG
(Dominus Noster Valens Pius Felix Augustus)
Our Lord Valens, dutiful and fortunate Augustus
SE[CVRIT]AS - REIPVBLICAE
Safety of the Republic
Mint mark: OF - I/I [C]ON
Diameter ca. 18mm
Subject and Association KeywordsKings and rulers in art
Subject and Association KeywordsGoddesses in art
Subject and Association KeywordsNumismatics
Subject and Association KeywordsInscriptions, Latin
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by MK Steven, 1996.
Object TypeExchange Media
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