, II, September 641 - 15 July 668 A.D., on an AE2
on an AE2! This coin was on a maiorina of the Roman emperor , struck more than 250 years earlier (25 Aug 383 - 28 Aug 388), at Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey).
Only II is visible in the regnal date, which is more common than not for the . Despite that, references agree this was only struck in regnal year 3.
BZ85347. Bronze , , 2, 62; 14; 12.47, 1002; W -; T -; R -; : Cyzicus 25(c) ( , maiorina, 383 - 388 A.D.), gF, , attractive desert with red earthen highlighting, extraordinary effects, 5.323 g, maximum 24.5 mm, 180o, 2nd , Constantinople mint, 643 - 644 A.D.; EN To?TO NIKA (In this, be victorious), , standing facing, wearing crown and , long topped with in right, in left; : , , and , SMKA (Cyzicus mint, 1st ); large m (40 nummi), ANA above, above and below III (regnal year 3) left, NEOς right and curving below, B (2nd ) below; : , D N A[RCADIVS ] (A with open top resembling H); ; $225.00 (€200.25)
In 400, the Great Palace in Constantinople was burned to the ground in riots. In the chaos, the leader Gainas attempted to evacuate his soldiers out of the city but 7,000 armed Goths were trapped and killed by order of . After the massacre, Gainas escaped across the Hellespont, but his rag-tag ad hoc fleet was destroyed by Fravitta, a chieftain in imperial service. In winter, Gainas led his remaining Goths back to their homeland across the Danube where they were attacked and killed by the Huns. Uldin, the Hun chieftain, sent Gainas' to as a gift.SH37579. Gold
, 7 (S), 55/1, 20706, 207- 217 var. (none from 4th ), 33 - 34 var. (same), VF, scratch in , 4.402 g, maximum 20.2 mm, 180o, 4th , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 397 - 402 A.D.; D N ARCADIVS , helmeted facing, pearl diademed, , spear in right over shoulder, on left arm decorated with a horseman riding down and spearing a fallen enemy; ∆ (harmony between the two emperors, 4th ), enthroned facing, long in right hand, on globe offering in left hand, right leg bare, right foot on prow, in ; ex CNG 173, Lot: 524 (sold for $957 plus fees); ex Alain Lagrange Collection; ; SOLD
The unusual , dedicating the coin to "the new hope of the Republic," would seem better suited to the newly crowned . But the is unique to . How could be the "new hope" after he had already ruled for twenty years?SH90888. Gold
, 22 (R3), 54/2 (22 specimens), 237 var. (seated on only), 20712, VF, bumps and scrapes, 4.392 g, maximum 20.8 mm, 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 402 - c. 403 A.D.; D N ARCADIVS , helmeted facing, pearl diademed, , spear in right over shoulder, on left arm decorated with a horseman riding down and spearing a fallen enemy; NOVA (new hope of the Republic), seated right on and , inscribing XX / XXX on resting on her left knee, in ; ex HD , e-auction 14, of lot 595; very ; SOLD
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