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    Arcadius, Eastern Roman Emperor (AD 383-408). AV solidus (21mm, 4.40 gm, 6h). Constantinople, AD 388-392. D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Arcadius right / CONCORDI-A AVGGGΘ, Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, on throne ornamented with lion heads, foot on prow, holding scepter in right hand and globe in left, CONOB in exergue. RIC IX 67. Depeyrot 46/3. With a pleasing youthful portrait. NGC AU 5/5 - 5/5.

    The quality of the portrait here is quite extraordinary given the normal "generic" output of the Constantinople mint at this time. In 1949, excavators in Istanbul uncovered a marble portrait bust identified as the young Emperor Arcadius in his early teens. The bust is now famous and is commonly used to illustrate articles about this critical period in Roman history. It could easily have served as the model for the portrait on this solidus, the profile being essentially identical, down to the way the pearl diadem sits on the young emperor's helmet-like head of hair.


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