Gratian

367 - 383 A.D.

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.

Solidus

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.


Miliarense

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.


Siliqua

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 34f, S 4132 Siliqua Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG; Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VOT/X/MVLT/XX Exe: ANT*; Legend in wreath. Lot sold for $145 3/11/02.


AE2

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 26a (Siscia), Cohen 30 AE2 Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG - Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: REPARATIOREIPVB Exe: (officina)SISC - Gratian standing front, head left, offering right hand to female on left to rise from kneeling position, in other hand he holds Victory on a globe.


RIC 37a (Thessalonica), Cohen 30 AE2 Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG - Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: REPARATIOREIPVB - Emperor standing left (on right) offering a helping hand to the personification of the entire late Roman Christian State. Lot sold for $5 12/18/01.


AE3

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 14c (Siscia) AE3 Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM Exe: M/* over P/(officina)SISC - Gratian holding labarum, advancing right dragging captive.


RIC 56a (Constantinopolis), Cohen 3 AE3 Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: CONCORDIAAVGGG. Constantinopolis, helmeted, seated facing, head left, holding globe and partly seen spear, right leg bare. Lot sold for $10 1/5/02.


AE4

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.


RIC 31a (Siscia), LRBC 1539 AE4 Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG; diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VOT/XV/MVLT/XXX Exe: (officina)SISC; Legend in wreath.


RIC 58a (Antioch), Cohen 77 AE4 Obv: DNGRATIANVSPFAVG; diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VOT/XX/MVLT/XXX; Legend in laurel wreath.