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Julian II & Jovian

The House of Valentinian

Age of
 Theodosius

364-392 ad
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Flavius
Valentinianus
Emperor
364-375

After Jovian's  death Valentinian (b. ca. 321) was chosen by a council. Valens became co-emperor in the East, while Valentinian ruled in  the West. Near the end of 375, he met a deputation of Quadi who behaved so insolently that the emperor was seized with a fit of apoplexy and died.
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Flavius Valens
Emperor
364-378

Valens (b. ca. 328) spent most of his reign battling Goths and Persians. After Valentinian died,  Gratian and Valentinian II were appointed to rule the West. In 376 the Visigoths revolted  in Thrace. Valens met them in the field at Adrianople, mismanaged the battle, and was killed with most of the Roman army.

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Procopius
Emperor
365-366

Procopius brought the body of Julian II back to Tarsus for burial, and in September 365, while Valens was away from the capital,  rebelled. Despite some initial successes, after six months he was defeated and executed.

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Flavius
Gratianus
Emperor
367-383
Gratian became Augustus at   seven. After his father's death he ruled the West with Valentinian II. After the death of Valens, Gratian chose Theodosius to rule the East. In 383, Magnus Maximus rebelled in Britain, invaded Gaul, and Gratian was deserted by his soldiers and killed.
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Flavius Valentinianus
Emperor
375-392
Valentinian II [b. 371] held no office until the death of Gratian, when he was left with Italy, which Maximus invaded in 387. Valentinian fled to the East, returning with Theodosius and his army. Maximus was defeated, Valentinian was restored, but he lacked command ability and Arbogastes overthrew him in 392.
   

R4117* 0446 Valens: AE 3 (18 mm)
$50.00
Obv. D N VALENS P F AVG
Diad., dr. & cuir. bust r.
Rev. GLORIA ROMANORVM
Valens dragging captive r.
2.17 g
Sear 4117v; RIC 10b (Antioch)
ragged flan, otherwise good VF

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R4117* 0448 Valens: AE 3 (18 mm)
$75.00
Obv. D N VALENS P F AVG
Diad., dr. & cuir. bust r.
Rev. GLORIA ROMANORVM
Valens dragging captive r.
2.78 g
Sear 4117v; RIC 10b (Antioch)
nearly VF, gates still on flan
A very rare example giving insights into flan casting.

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