ROMAN EMPIRE, Galla Placidia, 421-450 AD, bronze, nummus, Rome mint


ROMAN EMPIRE, Galla Placidia, 421-450 AD, nummus, no date, (425-30 AD), Rome mint, officina 3, Obverse: diademed bust R, GALLA PLACIDIA AVG, Reverse: Victory advancing L, T before, SALVS REIPVBLICI, RM, T in left field, bronze, 12mm, 1.1g, obverse: SR21359, reverse: SR21308 of Valentinian III, I did not find in Wildwinds or google pics. It is rather barbarous, but that is par for the course for the era, isn’t it? vcoins has a different “unpublished” type $2800, porous, VG

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Galla Placidia was daughter of Theodosius the Great, made several interesting marriages, including to a Visigothic king. Through various turns of fate, her son, Valentinian III, became Emperor in the West, Galla serving as regent for a number of years.

The Roman Republic was founded in response to tyrannical kings. It functioned for several centuries in a kind of balance of rich and poor people (slaves didn’t count). The general idea was that laws would constrain personal power. During the days of Julius Caesar, et al, powerful people became too powerful, and a new system of slightly constrained autocracy, the Empire, developed. The main catalog we use on this web site for Roman coins is Roman Coins and their Values, by David Sear.

“Ancient Coins” includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.