Roman emperor Theodosius, AD 379-395, AE ancient-coin type set.
    Photos below 

Table of all copper types for Theodosius. This page is part of a larger site: "Guide to Late Roman AE Coin Types" (http://augustuscoins.com/ed/ricix/
Type descriptions link to the image on this page. ID numbers link to the "type" pages which illustrate examples for all the emperors who issued the type.

size    type description (link to image below) ID rarity
3 GLORIA ROMANORVM   emp. drags captive 5 C
4 VICTORIA AVGGG   Victory adv left 12 C
3 VICTORIA AVGGG    Vict adv l (AE3, not AE4) 14 R
3 CONCORDIA AVGGG   Roma std hd left 15 S
3 CONCORDIA AVGGG   Con. std hd right 16 C
4 CONCORDIA AVGGG   Con. std hd right 17 R4
2 REPARATIO REIPVB  emp raises kneeling female 18 C
3 VIRTVS ROMANORVM Roma std l 19 R2
2 GLORIA ROMANORVM  emp on galley 20 C
4 VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX in wreath 24 R
4 VOT / XV / MVLT / XX in wreath 25 R
4 VOT / X / MVLT / XX in wreath 26 C
4 VOT / V / MVLT / X in wreath 28 C
4 VOT / V in wreath 29 S
2 VIRTVS EXERCITI  emp stg r, foot on captive 31 C
4 VICTORIA AVG(GG)  two Victories facing each other 33 S
3 VIRTVS AVGGG  emp on galley left 34 S
3 GLORIA REIPVBLICE  camp gate (obv bust left) 37 R
4 GLORIA REIPVBLICE  camp gate 38 S
4 SALVS REIPVBLICAE   Vict l drags captive 39 C
3 SPES REIPVBLICAE  emp l, hd r., foot on captive left 40 R4
2 GLORIA ROMANORVM  emp w. std and globe 41 C
3 GLORIA ROMANORVM  emp on horseback 42 C

 


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]

 

 

Theodosius
18-16 mm. 6:00. 2.49 grams.
RIC Aquileia 45b1
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Type 12:  AE4.  VICTORIA AVGGG
Victory advancing left with wreath and palm
375-395

Siscia

 

 

Theodosius
14 mm. 6:00. 1.08 grams. 
ESIS
RIC Siscia 39b1 ("S" but now common)



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Type 14: AE3. VICTORIA AVGGG
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm
378-383

[No image. Here is one for Valentinian II:]   Val IIr

                                                      Valentinian II, 18-16 mm. 12:30. 2.79 grams.  SMAQP   RIC Aquileia 34c1, page 101 "R, 378-383"

Comment: This AE3 type is very rare and seldom offered. Do not confuse it with the similar AE4, Type 12, which is very common, especially from the Siscia mint.

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Type 15:  AE3.  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

Theodosius, Siscia

 

 

Theodosius
18mm. 12:00. 2.29 grams.
RIC Siscia 27d2


 

This type is often not distinguished properly from Type 16, which has the same legend and general appearance, but head and globe right.  For example, RIC Her 16 says "Roma's head right, foot on prow" which makes it Constantinopolis as type 16. Also, RIC Con 56a (page 227) says "? [sic] Constantinopolis, seated facing, head l., holding globe and partly seen spear, r. leg bare." Since the leg apparently does not rest on a prow, I would attribute that as Roma and therefore Type 15 (this type), not Type 16 which has Constantinopolis seated, head and globe right.

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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.
    [a variety has no globe, with her left leg forward (as opposed to her right leg forward as illustrated here).]
378-383

Theodosius

 

Theodosius
18 mm. 11:30. 2.90 grams
ANTB
RIC Antioch 47c6
This type is often not distinguished properly from Type 15 above, which has the same legend and general appearance, but head and globe left.

 

 

Theodosius
18 mm. 6:00. 2.91 grans
ANTΔ
RIC Antioch 44b (minor variety. RIC does not list Δ)


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Type 17:  AE4.  CONCORDIA AVGGG
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, foot on prow, holding sceptre.  [Type as the AE3 type 16 above, but smaller.]

[no photo]

mint RIC T
Tr 72 R4

RIC photo: T (Tr 72) III.16 is 14mm and full flan. It looks official, not imitation, but a type "R4" from a single mint can not be a main issue.

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

 

Theodosius
23 mm. 1:00. 5.14 grams.
*BSISC
RIC Siscia 26c6



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Type 19:  AE3.  VIRTVS ROMANORVM
Roma seated facing, head left, holding globe and reversed spear
378-383
Only for Gratian, except for very rare examples for Theodosius and extremely rare examples for Valentinian II.

[No image. Here is one for Gratian:] 
                                               Gratian.  18 mm. 11:00. 2.35 grams.  ANTA in exergue.  Θ left, Φ right field.  RIC Antioch 50a

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Type 20:  AE2.  GLORIA ROMANORVM
Emperor in galley left, Victory at helm.
378-388


CONA
Theodosius
AE23. 6:00. 5.43 grams.
CONA, wreath in field left.
RIC Con 52c3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

[No image. Here is one for Gratian:]  24  

                                                                   Gratian. 14 mm. 5:00. 0.91 grams. CONB*, RIC Constantinople 64a

Variant type 24A:  VOT / X / MVLT / XXX in wreath. RIC IX, Ant 57, "R5."
VOT X MVLT XXX    

 

Theodosius
14-12mm. 12:00. 1.31 grams. 
RIC IX, Antioch 57, "R5."
 
This type is in RIC only at Antioch and only this issue, recorded as unique. Because it was not issued at other mints, at first I thought this was simply an engraver's error for VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX, but this example has the "X" well-engraved right in the center -- it looks intentional. Cayon T-77 (0). 

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

T

 

Theodosius
15 mm. 12:00. 1.21 grams
SMRB
RIC Rome 51d2


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Type 26:  AE4.  VOT / X / MVLT / XX in wreath
378-388  [RIC]    [DO emphasizes 387]

T


Theodosius I
13 mm. 1.52 grams
ANB
RIC Antioch 56c


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Type 28:  AE4.  VOT / V / MVLT / X  in wreath.
378-388.

T

 

Theodosius
17 mm (unusually large). 6:00. 1.39 grams.
(Usually this type is 15 mm)
ASISC•
RIC Siscia 29d3


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Type 29:  AE4. VOT / V in wreath.
383-388.

Theodosius

 Theodosius
  13 mm. 1.56 grams. 12:00
  ANTA  [last "A" unclear]
  Antioch --  [unlisted for Theodosius
 cf. RIC Antioch 55 for Arcadius]
  "379-383"


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Type 31:  AE2.  VIRTVS EXERCITI
Emperor standing right, spurning captive, holding standard and globe.
383-388  [RIC]   386-393  [DO]

 

 

Theodosius
23-22 mm. 6:30. 4.27 grams.
SMKB
RIC Cyzicus 25b2



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Type 33:  AE4.  VICTORIA AVGGG
Two victories facing each other, each holding a wreath.
                      or VICTORIA AVG [only at Thessalonica]
383-388.

Theodosius

  Theodosius
  13 mm. 12:00. 1.38 grams.
  RIC Rome 57c
  VICTORIA AVGGG
  RT, dot in middle of flan

one "G"  

Theodosius
14 mm. 12:30. 1.27 grams.
VICTORIA AVG
TESB
RIC Thessalonica 63b1, page 187, plate X.19


Tr
  Theodosius
  14-13 mm. 12:00. 0.80 grams.
  VICTORIA AVGG
  RIC IX unlisted, but cf. Thessalonica 63b1, page 187 with one "G".
  Plate X.19 is similar, but with only one "G".
  This one has 2 G's, and I suppose possibly a third at or below the exergual line
  TESB(? The top of a "B" is visible, but not so clear it is certainly a B.)
  High gloss green patina.

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Type 34:  AE3.  VIRTVS AVGGG
Emperor on galley left, holding phoenix on globe, Victory at helm.
384-388
Only at Thessalonica.

 

Theodosius
17 mm. 5:30. 2.15 grams.

TEX in ex. Δ in field left.
RIC Thessalonica 61b


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Type 37. AE3. GLORIA REIPVBLICE
Camp gate, cross-rho above, TES in exergue
Obverse with consular bust left. [The reverse is the same as type 38, next, but the flan is a bit larger.]
385 [DO, dated 385 because of the consular bust. p. 108]

37

Theodosius
16 mm. 3.07 grams. 6:00.
TES
RIC Thessalonica 59b



Struck for Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius. Only at Thessalonica.

RIC says "scarce" but I say "rare" and seldom offered. From the very small sample of all the coins of this this type offered over the last 30 years, Theodosius examples may be the most available.

RIC photo:  V2-X.13.
RIC 384-388. "After the restoration of the mint to Valentinian II," p. 184. There had been a "Temporary occupation of the mint by Theodosius: ?c. 25 Aug. A.D. 383 - ?c. autumn of A.D. 384." p. 183.

RIC p. xxxiv "year of Theodosius's consulship and decennial commemoration."
"refuge of Valentinian II in Thessalonica from Maximus for a few months" Pierce, NC 1934, p. 121.

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Type 38: AE4. GLORIA REIPVBLICE
Camp gate.
383-388
Only from Thessalonica.
The normal obverse (this type) is bust right. The AE3 variety, type 37 above, has a consular bust left and is a little larger.



Theodosius

Theodosius
14 mm. 12:00. 1.62 grams.
RIC Thessalonic 62b2

 

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Type 39:  AE4.  SALVS REIPVBLICAE
Victory left drags capitive.
388-403  [RIC]     386-403 [DO, p. 113]


Cyzicus 
Theodosius
14mm. 12:00. 1.38 grams.
mm: SMKA
RIC Cyzicus 26b

 


 

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Type 40:  AE3.  SPES REIPVBLICAE
Emperor standing left, holding standard and globe, spurning captive to left.
388-391  [DO]   388-393  [RIC]

Theodosius
Theodosius, Rome
17 mm. 2.08 grams. 6:00.
RE mintmark.
RIC Rome 63b5, plate VIII.112
(their coin is not even Fine)
 


This type is R4 in RIC. Unlike some other types, this one has not become noticably more common in recent decades. It is extremely rare.

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Type 41:  AE2.  GLORIA ROMANORVM
Emperor standing facing, head right, holding standard and globe.
393-395 [DO, because Honorius was elevated Jan. 22 (?), 393]    392-395  [RIC]

Alexandria

Theodosius
21-20 mm. 5.89 grams
mm: ALEA
RIC Alexandria 21b
 

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Type 42:  AE3.  GLORIA ROMANORVM
Emperor on horseback right.
393-395 [DO]


Theodosius

 
   Theodosius.
   16 mm.  12:30.  2.23 grams.
    RIC Cyzicus 29

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This completes the type set of Theodosius AE.

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