Medallion (1 1/2 solidi) with bust of Valentinian I

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 368


Mint: Thessalonika

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 096.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 6.74 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

60.44

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Medallions

Obverse: Bust of Valentinian to left, diademed, helmeted, cuirassed, and draped, with spear and shield. The shield is decorated with a “Virtus Augusti” scene, the emperor riding to right over a fallen barbarian.
DNVALENTINI ANVSPFAVG
Reverse: Victoria seated left, writing on a shield inscribed VOT/V/MVLT/X. A putto stands at left, holding shield.
VICTORIA DN AVGVSTI in exergue: TESOB

Provenance

1958: thought to have been part of a hoard found in the Moselle between Ahn and Machtum in Luxembourg in April 1958, according to R. Weiller, "Le trésor de Ahn-Machtum," in Hémecht (1970), p. 84, no. 19; by 1959: with Jacques Schulman, Keizersgracht 448, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jacques Schulman Auction 232, The Carlton Hotel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 9-12, 1959, lot 1429); purchased at the Schulman auction by Herbert Cahn [Münzen und Medaillen]; February 11, 1960: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland, for $ 1,400.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour