ROMAN EMPIRE, Johannes, 423-425 AD, bronze, nummus, Rome mint


ROMAN EMPIRE, Johannes, 423-425 AD, nummus, no date (423-425 AD), Rome mint, officina 5, Obverse: diademed bust R, D N JOHANNES P F AVG, Reverse: Victory dragging captive L, trophy over shoulder, SALVS REI PVBLICAE, RM, E in left field, bronze, 11-12mm, 1.07g, SR21122, half of legends off flan, crude, F/aVG

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When Honorius died the Western throne was usurped by a civil servant, Johannes, who tried to obtain recognition from the Eastern Emperor, Theodosius II. That worked for Constantine III but it didn’t work for Johannes. He tried to get the aid of the Huns but was turned down. He was arrested and executed.

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.