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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

Coin image Gratian
Bronze centenionalis issued AD 383.
Obv: DN GRATIANVS PF AVG, Helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
Rev: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor standing in military attire on galley, Victory seated at helm (SMNA in ex.).
About Very Fine   |   AUD $60.00
Coin image Gratian
Bronze AE2 issued AD 383.
Obv: DN GRATIANVS PF AVG, Helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
Rev: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor in military attire standing in galley, Victory at helm (SMKB in ex.).
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $90.00