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Gratian

Flavius Gratianus
Augustus (AD 375-383)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Gratian was the passionately Christian son of Valentinian I. He succeeded his father in AD 375 as Augustus, but devoted much of his time to hunting. He refused to take the position of Pontifex Maximus on his succession, the old post of Chief Priest that every Emperor adopted, so it was left vacant and the position disappeared. On his uncle's Valens' death, Gratian raised Theodosius, a son of a disgraced former general of Valentinian's, to the position of Augustus. In AD 383 Magnus Maximus revolted in Britain, and defeated Gratian, who died whilst fleeing towards the Alps


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Gratian

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Coins of Gratian currently available

Gratian
Bronze AE2 issued AD 379-383.
Obv: DN GRATIANVS PF AVG, Diademed, draped bust facing right.
Rev: REPARATIO REIPVB, Emperor holding Victory on globe raises kneeling female figure (TESB in ex.).
Fine-Very Fine/Fine   |   AUD $75.00
Gratian
Bronze AE2 issued AD 379-383.
Obv: DN GRATIANVS PF AVG, Diademed, draped bust facing right.
Rev: REPARATIO REIPVB, Emperor standing holding Victory on globe raising kneeling woman (SMRT in ex.).
Very Fine   |   AUD $80.00