A very rare consular solidus of Valens
Lot 2664
Valens, 364-378. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.46 g, 6 h), Constantinopolis, January 368. D N VALENS P F AVG Pearl-diademed bust of Valens to left, wearing consular robes, holding mappa in his right hand and scepter in his left. Rev. VOTA PV-BLICA / ✱CONS(wreath) Valentinian I and Valens seated facing on double-throne, each nimbate, diademed and in consular robes, holding mappa in their right hands and scepter in their left; at feet to left and right, bound captives kneeling kneeling left and right. Depeyrot 22/2. RIC 29b. Very rare. An attractive example of this important consular issue. Minor edge mark, otherwise, good extremely fine.

From a Bavarian collection of late Roman gold coins, formed in the early 2000s.

The consulate, once the highest yearly executive office of the Roman Republic, lost most of its political powers and duties under Augustus, but remained a source of prestige well into late antiquity. Here we see Valens in consular robes on the obverse, holding a short scepter and a mappa, a piece of cloth used to signal the start of chariot races. The reverse, on the other hand, shows Valens with his brother Valentinian I, with whom he shared the consulship of the year 368, while the two captives at their feet are clearly a reference to their campaigns against the Goths on the Danube and the Alamanns on the Rhine.
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