An early supporter of Christianity, Gratian vigorously and systematically rooted out paganism wherever he could and went so far as to refuse the title of Pontifex Maximus, the highest religious position, feeling that this title belonged to a true religious leader. His early career was marked by his competent dealing with the troublesome barbarians north of Italy while later in his career he withdrew somewhat from his duties to pursue personal ambitions. He died at the hands of his own soldiers in hopes of appeasing the presumed superior forces of Magnus Maximus who were approaching to a deciding battle.
RIC 17g Solidus Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG, Rosetted-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG Exe: TROB(officina), Two emperors enthroned facing, holding globe between them, in background Victory standing facing, wings spread. Lot sold for $1,105 3/10/02.
RIC 53a, RSC 52c Miliarense Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSEXERCITVS Exe: TRP(officina), Gratian standing facing, head left, holding standard in right hand, leaning against shield in left. Lot sold for $1,100 1/16/02.
RIC 27f, Cohen 86 Siliqua Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG; Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VRBSROMA Exe: TRP(officina); Roma seated left holding scepter and Victory on globe.
RIC 11a AE2 Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG - Helmeted bust right, draped and cuirassed; a spear and shield to front
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM - Emperor standing front, head right, on galley, at his feet Victory is at the helm. Lot sold for $9 11/10/01.
RIC 14a (Heraclea) AE3 Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG; Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: CONCORDIAAVGGG Exe: SMH(officina); Roma seated facing, head left, holding globe and partly seen spear, right leg bare.
RIC 20a (Heraclea), Cohen 77 AE4 Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG; diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VOT/XX/MVLT/XXX; Legend in laurel wreath. Lot sold for $21 2/11/02.