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    Honoria: A Ring for Attila

    Justa Gratia Honoria, sister of Valentinian III (Augusta, AD 425-450). AV solidus (21mm, 4.45 gm, 12h).  Ravenna, AD 439. D N IVST GRAT HO-NORIA P F AVG, pearl-diademed and draped bust of Honoria right, wearing pearl necklace and drop earring, cross on shoulder, hand of God reaching down from above with wreath to crown her / BONO REI ? PVBLICAE, Victory standing left, holding jeweled long cross, R - V in fields; COMOB in exergue. RIC X, 2022. Depeyrot 15/1. Extremely rare. Well struck, with pleasing surfaces and a detailed portrait. NGC (photo-certificate) AU 5/5 - 3/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Stack's (New York, 12 January 2009), lot 3027; New York Sale IV (7 January 2002), lot 414. 

    Justa Gratia Honoria's career was nearly as colorful as that of her mother, Galla Placidia, though certainly not in a constructive sense. A typically hot-blooded Theodosian empress, Honoria grew restless in her brother's court and sought solace in indiscreet affairs with servants and courtiers. Placidia sought to curb Honoria's activities by marrying her off to an old, respectable senator. Honoria rebeled by sending her signet ring to a man she regarded as a more exciting suitor, Attila the Hun, who took it as a proposal for marriage, demanded half the Western Empire as a dowry, and launched a massive invasion of Gaul to claim his prize.

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.




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