|Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 1061. Estimate $15000.
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004.
Sold For $22000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
425-455 AD. AV Solidus (4.42 gm). Thessalonica mint. Struck 437-438 AD. D N PLA VALENTI-NIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust right / FELICITER NVBTIIS, wedding scene with Theodosius II standing facing in center, his hands on the shoulders of Valentinian III and his daughter Licinia Eudoxia; all three nimbate-crowned and wearing ornate marriage robes; COMOB. RIC X -; Depeyrot -; DOCLR -; MIRB -. EF. Unpublished; one of five known examples, all from the same dies. [See color enlargement on plate 19] ($15,000)From the Glenn Woods Collection. Ex Triton V (15 January 2002), lot 2227; Tkalec (29 February 2000), lot 452.
This important coin commemorates the marriage of Valentinian III to Licinia Eudoxia on 29 October 437 AD. The imperial couple spent the winter of 437-438 in Thessalonica, at which time this coin was struck.
For further background information and a list of the recorded specimens, see Triton VI (14-15 January 2003), lot 1160 (the last example to be privately sold, which realized $22,000).