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Valentinian I

Flavius Valentinianus
Augustus (AD 364-375)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Valentinian I was the son of the Comes Gratian, and a renowned Christian general that was exiled during the pagan reign of Julian. On Julian's death, in AD 363, he returned to Court and when Jovian died, in AD 364, Valentinian was eventually chosen as his successor. He immediately appointed his brother Valens as co-emperor, and moved to the West to strengthen the frontiers and push the plundering Germans out. He did not rule wisely, but he ruled strongly and was known for his cruelty. However, in general Valentinian's policy was of toleration to the old religion. While granting an audience to a deputation from the Quadi, he became enraged at their demands, and had a fit and died, in AD 375


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Valentinian I

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Coins of Valentinian I currently available

Valentinian I
Bronze AE3 issued AD 367-375.
Obv: DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG, Diademed, draped bust facing right.
Rev: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor advancing right dragging captive by hair and holding standard (TES in ex.).
Very Fine   |   AUD $30.00
Valentinian I
Silver siliqua issued AD 364-375.
Obv: DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG, Diademed, draped bust facing right.
Rev: VRBS ROMA, Roma seated left holding sceptre and Victory (TRPS· in ex.).
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $160.00