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Siliqua of Eugenius

This is another find that came in from Brad Johnson. Like the first, it turned up on one of Brad’s Lincolnshire permissions.

This is a late Roman silver siliqua, which was struck for Eugenius, whose short reign started on 22 August AD 392 and ended on 6 September AD 394 when he was put to death on the order of Theodosius I. This coin is not as rare as it used to be and I’ve seen about half a dozen specimens as detecting finds.

On the obverse is the diademed head of Eugenius and a legend reading D N EVGENIVS P F AVG. On the reverse is the seated figure of Roma who holds in one hand the figure of Victory standing on a globe and in the other hand an inverted spear. Below, in the exergue, are the mint letters for Lugdunum (LVG PS). In volume V of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values this siliqua is listed as number 20687.

Valuation

As is the case with many late Roman silver coins, this siliqua has been clipped, albeit not greatly. It’s not unusual to see examples on which the whole of the legend has disappeared. What remains of the coin would grade about VF. The clipping will reduce it commercial value but to a collector it should still be worth around £200.

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