An obscure emperor whose rise to power coincided with most troubling times for the empire. Rome had just been sacked for the first time in over 800 years, Spain had seceded under their own ruler as had Britain under Constantine III and the Vandals were overruning Northern Africa. To add to this loss, Guntiarius, leader of several barbarian bands seized control of parts of Gaul and Germany when Constantius III defeated the forces of Constantine III but had to head back towards Italy for problems there. Guntiarius chose Jovinus, an aristocrat of Gallic origins, to act as figurehead and diplomatic chip. Before he had had enough time to exhaust recognition or an alliance with Honorius, Ataulf, a rival barbarian leader, decimated his forces and captured Jovinus who was subsequently beheaded along with his brother and co-Augustus Sebastianus.
RIC 1710 Siliqua Obv: DNIOVINVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG Exe: TRP(officina); Roma seated left holding scepter and Victory on globe.