Valentinian III

425 - 455 A.D.

The grandson of Valentinian II, Valentinian III was the son of Constantius III (who in turn had no relation to the Constantines). He grew up like royalty and became Caesar, then emperor very early in life. However, he had no real power as first his mother and then the general Aetius restricted his ability to rule by imposing their own will. Apparently in an effort to rid himself of the influence of Aetius he managed to get the general assassinated but rather than free him, Aetius's bodyguard avenged his murder by killing the emperor a few months later.

Solidus

RIC 2010 Solidus Obv: DNPLAVALENTINIANVSPFAVG, His diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG, Valentinian, his right foot on serpent with human head, standing facing holding long cross and victory on globe. Lot sold for $439 11/8/01.


RIC 2011 Solidus Obv: DNPLAVALENTINIANVSPFAVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: R V/COMOB, Valentinian standing facing, holding long cross and Victory on globe, placing his foot on human-headed coiled serpent. Lot sold for $650 1/16/02.


RIC 2018 Solidus Obv: DNPLAVALENTINIANVSPFAVG. Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG. Emperor standing facing, holding long cross and Victory on globe; he places right foot on head of human-headed coiled serpent.


RIC 2025 Solidus Obv: DNPLAVALENTINIANVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG; Emperor in military attire, standing facing, holding long cross and Victory on globe, human headed serpent below foot. Lot sold for $439 11/13/01.


Unlisted Solidus Obv: DNPLAVALENTINIANVSPFAVG, diademed and helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: FELICITERNVBTIIS Exe: COMOB, wedding scene with Theodosius II standing facing in center, his hands of the shoulders of Valentinian III and his daughter Licinia Eudoxia; all three nimbate-crowned and wearing ornate marriage robes.


Tremissis

RIC 2073 Tremissis Obv: DNPLAVALENTINIANVSPFAVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: No legend Exe: COMOB; Cross within wreath.


Half Siliqua

RIC 2085, Cohen 11 Half Siliqua Obv: DNPLAVALENTINIANVSPF; Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG; Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm. Lot sold for $360 11/13/01.


AE4

RIC 2122, LRBC 843 AE4 Obv: DNVALENTINIANVSPFAVG; Diademed, draped bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVG; Victory advancing left, * in left field.