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Silique of Valentinian I

The images of Roman silver coin were sent in by Anthony Hopkinson but it was unearthed by a detecting colleague, who asked for it to be identified.

There are two sets of images: one showing it in its ‘as found’ condition, the other after it had been subjected to careful cleaning. It certainly looks better in the second set.

The coin is a silique of Valentinian I, whose dates are AD 364 to 375. On the obverse the legend reads D N VALENTINIANVS PF AVG around the diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of the emperor. Within a wreath on the reverse is VOT X MVLT XX in four lines. At the top of the wreath, situated in a beaded circle, is a Chi-Rho monogram (P over X) and below the wreath are the mint letters (SISC P) for Siscia.

In volume V of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values coins of this type are listed as number 19387. This isn’t a rare coin but it turns up less regularly than the same denomination struck for some other emperors. Apart from slight damage to the edge, it is also a decent specimen of the type

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