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Lot # 236 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$1500 / Price Realized: US$2300
Theodosius I. Solidus
Theodosius I. 379-395 AD. Solidus, 4.43g. (6h). Thessalonica, 379 AD. Obv: D N THEODO - SIVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from front. Rx: GLORIA - REIPVB Gratian and Theodosius seated facing on throne, together holding globe adorned with crossing lines and dots, both crowned by a Victory hovering behind the throne and holding two wreaths; in exergue, TESOB. RIC 33b (R4, citing Gotha), pl. X.3 (same dies). Depeyrot 33/2 (p. 222, 2 spec.), pl. 21 (same dies). Mint State.

Ex Triton XI, 8-9 January 2008, lot 1020.

A very rare solidus type, known to Depeyrot in only two specimens for Gratian and two for Theodosius I. After this small initial issue, the legend of the type was changed from GLORIA REIPVB to VICTORIA AVGG, and Victory was shown merely hovering between the two emperors, no longer extending both of her arms to place wreaths on their heads.
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