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    A Run of Mint State Marcian Solidi

    Marcian, Eastern Roman Emperor (AD 450-457). AV solidus (20mm, 4.47 gm, 5h). Constantinople, 10th officina. D N MARCIAN-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Marcian facing three-quarters right, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman motif / VICTORI-A AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross in right hand, star in right field; I//CONOB. RIC X 510. Depeyrot 87/1. Lustrous. NGC Gem MS 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Lexington Collection of Jonathan K. Kern.

    A soldier with a distinguished career, Marcian chosen to succeed the long-reigning Theodosius II through the influence of the empress Aelia Pulcheria, who legitimized his position by marrying him. Marcian proved a a stern and able ruler, particularly in his dealings with the Huns. He prepared the army to meet the inevitable Hun attack, but Attilla promptly died on his wedding night, and his horde immediately disintegrated. Marcian spent most of his reign in reform, retrenchment and consolidation, husbanding the East Roman Empire's resources against the coming storms. After a productive and mostly peaceful reign of seven years, Marcian died in AD 457. He was so fondly remembered that future East  emperors were sworn in with the admonition to "reign like Marcian!" While gold solidi of Marcian are typically scarcer than those of his immediate predecessors and successors, circumstance has presented Heritage with 11 of his solidi in extreme high grade, which we proudly present here.

     


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