ROMAN EMPIRE, Theodosius II, 402-450 AD, gold, solidus, Constantinople mint


ROMAN EMPIRE, Theodosius II, 402-450 AD, solidus, no date (441-450 AD), Constantinople mint, Obverse: helmeted bust 1/4 R, D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, Reverse: Constantinopolis seated L, holding globus cruciger & scepter, foot on prow, shield at side, star before, IMP XXXXII COS XVII P P, COM OB, gold, 22mm, 4.44g, SR21140, traces of double striking rev., Unc

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Theodosius II came to the throne at age seven, and proceeded to rule for 48 years. Power was in the hands of his sister, Aelia Pulcheria. His general policy was to try to buy peace with the Barbarians.

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.