Honorius

394 - 423 A.D.

Honorius was born to Theodosius and Aelia Flaccila in 384 and inherited the western part of the empire on his father's death (with the eastern half going to his elder brother Arcadius). During his lifetime Honorius witnessed wave after wave of barbarian invasions, each one more devastating than the previous one. In 404 he moved the imperial palace to a fortress in Ravenna. On cue, Rome was then sacked in 410 by the barbarian forces under the command of Alaric; a first in over 800 years. The Vandals would seize Northern Africa (Italy's bread basket) and various usrpers, most importantly Constantine III, sliced off huge sections of what remained of the Western empire for themselves. In the face of all these military and political catastrophes, Honorius was helpless and he never personally led any armies to counter the invasions and revolts. Still, against all odds, he managed to somewhat stabilize his dwindling domains by diplomatic means with the barbarians and by military action with the help of Constantius III against the usurpers. But he died in 423 leaving the empire significantly weaker and much smaller than when he became emperor.

Solidus

RIC 8 Solidus Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Dressed, helmeted, cuirassed, facing bust of Honorius holding shield and spear.
Rev: CONCORDIAAVGGA; Constantinopolis seated facing with his head turn to right. He is holding spear and Victory.


RIC 35 Solidus Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG; Emperor standing right, holding labarum and Victory on globe; with left foot on captive. "N" in left field.


RIC 1287 (X) Solidus Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG. Emperor standing right, holding standard and Victory on globe; with his left foot he spurns a bound captive. "R" in left field, "V" in right.


RIC 1352 (X) Solidus Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped bust r.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: R V/COMOB; Emperor standing right with foot on captive, holding standard and victory. Lot sold for $300 11/5/01.


Siliqua

RIC 32d (IX, Mediolanum) Siliqua Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTUSROMANORVM; Roma seated left, holding Victory and inverted spear.


S 4250 Siliqua Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSROMANORVM; Roma seated left, holding Victory & spear.


AE2

RIC 27c (Heraclea), LRBC 1988 AE2 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM; emperor standing head right, holding standard and globe.


RIC 46c (Nicomedia) AE2 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG - Pearl diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM Exe: */SMN(officina) - Emperor standing front, head right, holding standard and globe.


RIC 68e (Antioch), LRBC 2784 AE2 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM; emperor standing head right, holding standard and globe.


RIC 68f (Antioch) AE2 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM; Providentia standing left, holding standard and globe.


AE3

RIC 61 (Constantinople), LRBC 2206 AE3 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSEXERCITI; Emperor standing, facing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield with Victory crowning him with wreath.


RIC 65 (Nicomedia), LRBC 2439 AE3 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSEXERCITI; Emperor standing, facing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield with Victory crowning him with wreath.


RIC 72 (Antioch), LRBC 2793 AE3 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSEXERCITI; Emperor standing, facing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield with Victory crowning him with wreath.


RIC 87 (Constantinople) AE3 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG - Facing bust, Helmeted, diademed, cuirassed, and with spear across right shoulder; shield slung around back of left shoulder (MF type)
Rev: CONCORDIAAVGG Exe: CONS(officina) - Constantinopolis seated with head turned right, holding Victory on a globe and scepter; right foot set upon the stern of a galley. Lot sold for $31 2/23/02.


RIC 149 (Cyzicus), LRBC 2591 AE3 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM; Three emperors standing with outer two holding spears.


RIC 395, LRBC 1876 AE3 Obv: DNHONORIVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right. Star behind bust.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM Exe: TES(officina); Two soldiers standing, each holding a spear.