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Galla Placidia, Augusta 8 February 421 - 27 November 450 A.D.

Galla Placidia is one of the most interesting figures of the late Roman history. Daughter of Theodosius I and his second wife Galla, she grew up in the house of Stilicho and following his death she was captured by the invading Goths of Alaric. Alaric's successor Ataulf married Galla while being allied with her brother Honorius. After the Visigothic throne was usurped, she was passed to her brother and then married Constantius III. The future emperor Valentinian III was born, and Galla's influence steadily increased over the years, until Aetius became Magister Militum in 433. She remained a regent until 437 and died in 450. She is also known for the famous mausoleum in Ravenna, a perfectly preserved small chapel housing magnificent mosaics and three sarcophagi said to belong to her, Constantius III and Valentinian III.


Phokaia, Ionia, 253 - 268 A.D.

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Phokaia (Phocaea) was the most northerly of the Ionian communities in Asia Minor and was the mother city of many colonies in the western Mediterranean area, including Massalia (modern Marseille, France).
MA93734. Bronze AE 19, SNG Cop 1061, SNGvA 2142, SNG Righetti 890, weight 3.341 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, time of Valerian and Gallienus, 253 - 268 A.D.; obverse ΦΩKEA, turreted and draped bust of Tyche right; reverse ΦΩKAIΩN (counterclockwise from lower left), galley right, caps of the Dioscuri surmounted by stars above; SOLD


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The crude Victory reverse type with the officina letter left is typical of coins struck in the west, mostly at Rome, during the long reign of Valentinian III (and to a very small degree, by Johannes and Majorian). Although the tight flan cuts off the obverse legend, since the bust has, in our opinion, female features, an elaborate headdress and a sizable pearl-necklace, we believe the coin was struck by Valentinian III in the name of his mother, Galla Placidia.
SH02533. Bronze nummus, RIC X 2109 (noting officina T reported in Villa Giulia hoard); DOCLR -, aVF, weight 1.661 g, maximum diameter 11.3 mm, die axis 0o, third officina, Rome mint, 425 - c. 435 A.D.; obverse [D N GALLA PLA-CIDIA P F AVG], draped bust right, wearing elaborate diadem and pearl-necklace; reverse [SALVS REI-PVBLICE], Victory walking left, wreath upward in right, palm frond over shoulder in left, T left ( 3rd officina), [RM in exergue]; extremely rare; SOLD








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Roman Coins of Galla Placidia