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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 737

Gratian. AD 367-383. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.51 g, 5h). Thessalonica mint. Struck AD 379.

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 737.
 Estimated: $ 1 500

Roman Imperial, Gold

Sold For $ 4 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Gratian. AD 367-383. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.51 g, 5h). Thessalonica mint. Struck AD 379. Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Gratian and a smaller Valentinian II seated facing on double throne, the one on the right holding mappa, the two together holding globe between them; behind and between them, Victory facing with outspread wings; palm frond below; TESOB. RIC IX 34d; Depeyrot 34/4. Lustrous, faint hairlines. Superb EF. The rarer variety of this reverse type with the diminutive Valentinian II on the right.

From the El Medina Collection. Ex Byron Reed Collection (Spink [116], 10 October 1996), lot 2514.

Gratian was the son of Valentinian I. At the age of seven he was given the rank of Augustus in AD 367. After his father’s death in AD 375 he became the sole emperor of the Western division of the Roman Empire, though his little half-brother, Valentinian II, was also elevated to the rank of Augustus at the same time at the age of four. Thus, the reverse of this coin depicting Valentinian II as smaller in stature.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 115 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 16-17 September 2020. This lot is in Session 3, which begins 17 September 2020 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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