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    Rare Decennalia Issue

    Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor (AD 425-455). AV solidus (21mm, 4.53 gm, 12h). Rome, October AD 435. D N PLA VALENTI-NIANVS P F AVG, rosette and pearl diademed half-length bust of Valentinian left, wearing jeweled mantle, holding mappa in right hand and long cross scepter over shoulder in left / VOT X - MVLT XX, Valentinian in consular robes, wearing crown with pendila, enthroned facing, holding mappa in right hand and cross scepter in left; R - M across fields, CONOB in exergue. RIC 2034 (R3). Cohen 41. Depeyrot 42/1. Extremely rare, one of fewer than 10 known specimens! Crisply struck and fully lustrous, an outstanding late Western Roman solidus. NGC MS ★ 5/5 - 5/5.

    Son of the brief-reigning Constantius III and the formidable Galla Placidia, daughter of Theodosius I, Valentinian III spent his early years under the protection of his cousin, the Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II. After the death of Honorius in AD 425, the Western throne was seized by a military cabal who placed a relative nonentity, the Chamberlain Johannes, on the throne. Theodosius II found this intolerable and sent a military task force to install the six-year-old Valentinian III as West Roman Emperor, with Galla Placidia acting as regent. After a number of misadventures, the Eastern army succeeded and Valentinian was formally crowned in Rome on 23 October, AD 425. Valentinian would go on to "reign" for 30 years, although he grew into an ineffectual and pleasure-loving ruler who left the actual governing to a succession of court eunuchs while a series of powerful generals strove mightily, but in vain, against the slow disintegration of the West Roman Empire. This remarkable gold solidus was struck to mark the 10th anniversary of his accession in AD 435, and depicts the now 16-year-old Valentinian in the stiffly formal robes of a Roman consul, an office that long before had lost all real power but retained immense prestige. 


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