Roman emperor Gratian (Gratianus), AD 367-383. 
     His complete AE ancient-coin type set with photos below.

This page is part of a larger site: "Guide to Late Roman AE Coin Types" (http://augustuscoins.com/ed/ricix/

size description (link is to the image on this page) ID rarity
1 RESTITVTOR REIPVBLICAE  emp stg 3 R4
3 GLORIA ROMANORVM   Victory adv left 4 R
3 GLORIA ROMANORVM   emp. drags captive 5 C
3 SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE   Vict adv left 6 C
3 GLORIA NOVI SAECVLI   emperor with labarum 9 R
2 GLORIA ROMANORVM  camp gate 10 R2
3 FELICITAS ROMANORVM   Victory adv left  11 R2
4 VICTORIA AVGGG   Victory adv left 12 R4
3 VICTORIA AVGGG    Victory adv l (AE3, not AE4) 14 R
3 CONCORDIA AVGGG   Roma std hd left 15 C
3 CONCORDIA AVGGG   Concordia std hd right 16 S
2 REPARATIO REIPVB  emperor raises kneeling female 18 C
3 VIRTVS ROMANORVM  Roma std l 19 C
2 GLORIA ROMANORVM  emperor on galley 20 C
4 VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX in wreath 24 S
4 VOT / XV / MVLT / XX in wreath 25 C
4 VOT / X / MVLT / XX in wreath 26 C
4 VOT / V / MVLT / X in wreath 28 R
4 VOT / V in wreath 29 R

Type images below are in numerical order except for rare types (Types 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 28, and 29) which are listed together at the end. All references to RIC (Roman Imperial Coinage) are to volume IX. 
 


Type 5: 

AE3.  GLORIA ROMANORVM 
Emperor right drags captive and holds labarum 
364-388   [RIC also lists it in the period 388-392 at Trier] 

Gratian
AE3. 18 mm. 2.43 grams. 
RIC Siscia 14c.


This extremely common type was also struck for Valentinian I, Valens, Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius.

Go to the page on this type, Type 5.

 

Type 6

AE3. SECVRITAS REPVBLICAE 
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm. 
364-378 

Gratian
AE3. 18 mm. 1.96 grams.
RIC Aquileia 18b.

This extremely common type was also struck for Valentinian I, Valens, and Valentinian II.

 


Go to the page on this type, Type 6.
 

Type 9
9

AE3.  GLORIA NOVI SAECVLI 
Emperor standing right, head left, holding labarum and left resting on shield 
Unusual obverse legend: DN GRATIANVS AVGG AVG 
[Augustus in a line of Augusti]
367-375 

Gratian
19 mm (a bit larger than other AE3s), 1.76 grams
RIC Arelate 15 

This type, neither common nor rare, was struck only for Gratian and only at Arelate.   Go to the page on this type, Type 9.

 

Type 14:
G

AE3. VICTORIA AVGGG
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm
378-383

 Gratian
 17-16 mm. 1.90 grams.
 RIC Rome 48a3  "R2"

This is an AE3. Do not confuse it with Type 12, an AE4 with this legend which is very rare. This type is also struck for Valentinian II and Theodosius. It is rare for Gratian and Theodosius. It is scarce for Valentinian II. Go to the page on this type, Type 14.

 


Type 15
Gratian, AntiochAE3.  CONCORDIA AVGGG 
Roma seated front, head left, holding globe left (in her right hand, on the viewer's left), and holding partly-seen reversed spear (in her left hand, on the viewer's right). 
378-383  

Gratian
18 mm. 2.94 grams.
RIC Antioch 46a1


This type was also struck for Valentinian II and Theodosius. This type is common. It is easily confused with the next, similar type which is also common.  Go to the page on this type, Type 15.

 

Type 16
AE3.  CONCORDIA AVGGG 
Constantinopolis seated, helmeted head right, holding reversed spear and holding globe right, with her right foot on a tiny prow. 
378-383 

Gratian
18-16 mm. 2.61 grams. 
Cyzicus. RIC 18a


This type was also struck for Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius. This type is common. It is often confused with the previous, similar type which is also common.

Go to the page on this type, Type 16.


Type 18
AE2.  REPARATIO REIPVB 
Emperor raises kneeling female rt., emperor holds Victory on Globe in left. 
378-388    

Gratian
23mm. 4.42 grams.
RIC  Siscia 26b2


This type was also struck for Valentinian IITheodosius, and Magnus Maximus. It is common for all of them. Go to the page on this type, Type 18.

 

 


Type 19
19

AE3.  VIRTVS ROMANORVM 
Roma seated facing, head left, holding globe and reversed spear 
378-383 

Gratian
18 mm. 2.35 grams.
RIC Antioch 50a 

This type was also struck for Valentinian II and Theodosius. It is common for Gratian, especially at Antioch. It is rare for Theodosius and extremely rare for Valentinian II. Go to the page on this type, Type 19.

 

Type 20
G

AE2.  GLORIA ROMANORVM 
Emperor in galley left, Victory at helm. 
378-388 


Gratian
23-22 mm. 4.49 grams.
RIC Nicomedia 25a2

This type was also struck for Valentinian II and Theodosius and is common for all three. Go to the page on this type, Type 20.

 

 


Type 24  
24AE4.  VOT XX MVLT XXX in wreath
378-383 (These are vows of Gratian.)   

Gratian
14 mm. 0.91 grams.
RIC Constantinople 64a

This type was also struck for Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius. It is common for Gratian and Valentinian II, but rare for Theodosius and Arcadius.  
Go to the page on this type, Type 24.
 


Type 25
AE4.  VOT / XV / MVLT / XX  in wreath  (large module) 
378-383  

Gratian
15 mm. 1.68 grams.
RIC Rome 51a

This type was also struck for Valentinian II and Theodosius. It is common for Gratian and scarce for Valentinian II and Theodosius.  
Go to the page on this type, Type 25.

 

Type 26
G

AE4.  VOT / X / MVLT / XX in wreath 
378-388  [RIC]    [DO emphasizes 387] 

Gratian
13-12 mm. 1.00 grams
RIC IX Antioch 56a1

This type also struck for Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius. It is common for all of them. Go to the page on this type, Type 26.

 



Types that are very rare for Gratian.

Type 3:
 

AE1.  RESTIVTOR REIPVBLICAE 
Emperor standing facing, head left, holding standard and Victory on globe. 
364-367
[No image for Gratian. Here is one for Valentinian.]

Valentinian I
27 mm. 5:30. 9.78 grams. RIC Heraclea 2. "R4"

This type is very scarce for Valentinian, rare for Valens, and extremely rare for Gratian. Go to the page on this type, Type 3.

 
 

Type 4:  
AE3.  GLORIA ROMANORVM 
Victory adv l, holding wreath and palm.
(Just like type 6, SECVRITAS REPVBLICAE, except with a different legend.) 
364-378 

Gratian
GLORIA ROMANORVM, but Victory
17 mm. 6:00. 2.37 grams.
RIC Trier 47b "R", but really very rare.

This reverse type was struck only at Trier. It was also struck for Valentinian I, Valens, and Valentinian II.  It is very rare for all of them. Go to the page on this type, Type 4.

 


Type 10
Valens AE2AE2. GLORIA ROMANORVM 
Camp gate 
367-375  
[No image for Gratian. Here is one for Valens.]  
Valens.  Image courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group. 

22mm. 4.27 grams.    
CNG auction 63, May 21, 2003, lot 1550, "Unique" (it is maybe unique with this mintmark, but it is not unique as a type in general). This has bust left instead of right, and a unique mintmark:  COMTM. The mint to which this refers is not clear.  

This type is very rare. It was also struck for Valentinian I and Valens. RIC has this type for Gratian only at Trier and R2 there. I think it is rarer than that. Go to the page on this type, Type 10.

 

Type 11

AE3.  FELICITAS ROMANORVM 
Victory advancing left with wreath and palm.  [The type of SECVRITAS REPVBLICAE (type 6) but the legend FELICITAS ROMANORVM.] 
Obverse bust can be right or left.
   Struck only at Aquileia
[No image for Gratian. Here is one for Valens.]                                                                       
Valens
17 mm. 2.24 grams. RIC Aquileia 16b, "R5".  This type is very rare. 

This type also struck for Valens and Valentinian II, but RIC has it R5 for both. It is very rare for Gratian. Go to the page on this type, Type 11.

 

Type 12

AE4.  VICTORIA AVGGG 
Victory advancing left with wreath and palm 
375-395 

 Gratian
 14 mm. 6:00. 1.27 grams.
 RIC Rome 30 "R4"

This type also struck for Valens, Gratian, Valentinian II, Theodosius, Arcadius, Eugenius, and Honorius. This type is common for Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius. Rare, but typical, for Eugenius. Very rare for Valens, Gratian, and Honorius. Common in excellent condition from Siscia for Valentinian II and Theodosius. Go to the page on this type, Type 12.

 


Type 28

AE4.  VOT / V / MVLT / X  in wreath. 
378-388. 
[no image for Gratian. Here is one for Theodosius.] 

Theodosius
15 mm. 6:00. 1.43 grams. RIC Aquileia 36d.

This type struck also for Valentinian II, Theodosius, Magnus Maximus, and Arcadius. It is common for Valentinian II and Theodosius, rare for Gratian, and extremely rare for Magnus Maximus and Arcadius. Go to the page on this type, Type 28.

 

Type 29
29AE4. VOT / V in wreath. 
383-388. 
[No image for Gratian. This image is for Theodosius.]

Theodosius
13 mm. 12:00. 1.56 grams. Antioch (* not in RIC for Theodosius from Antioch)

This type also struck for Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius.  It is rare for Gratian and Valentinian II. It is common for Theodosius and Arcadius. Go to the page on this type, Type 29.

 

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