Roman Emperor Valens, 364-378
    His complete AE ancient-coin type set (with photos below)

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Size     Description
     (linked to the image below on this page)
Type number
(linked to the
type page)
3 RESTITVTOR REIP  emp stg w vict on  globe            2 S
1 RESTITVTOR REIPVBLICAE  emp stg            3 R
3 GLORIA ROMANORVM   Vict adv left            4 R
3 GLORIA ROMANORVM   emp. drags captive            5 C
3 SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE   Vict adv left            6 C
2 GLORIA ROMANORVM   camp gate           10 R2
3 FELICITAS ROMANORVM   Vict adv left            11 R3
4 VICTORIA AVGGG   Victory adv left           12 R4

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


Type 2:  AE3.  RESTITVTOR REIP. Emperor standing facing, head right, holding standard and Victory on globe. 364-367.

19 mm. 6:00. 2.77 grams.

BSIRM in exergue

RIC Sirmium 6b

Scarce, relative to types 5 and 6. The RIC rarity ratings for Balkan mints. especially Siscia, Sirmium, and Thessalonica, are outdated because huge numbers of coins of Valentinian and Valens have been coming out of the Balkans.



Type 3: AE1.  RESTIVTOR REIPVBLICAE. Emperor standing facing, head left, holding standard and Victory on globe. 364-367.


28-27 mm. 5:30. 8.17 grams.

SMNΓ in exergue

RIC Nicomedia 7b. "R3"

This type is rare for Valentinian and rarer for Valens.



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] 

17 mm. 5:00. 2.30 grams.

ANTS in exergue.

RIC Antioch 10b.

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



Type 6:  AE3. SECVRITAS REPVBLICAE, Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm. 364-375.


AE3. 20-19 mm (larger than most by a mm or two). 5:30.
4.70 grams (heavier than most).
RIC Rome 17b = 24b.

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


 Rare Types of Valens

Type 4:  AE3.  GLORIA ROMANORVM, Victory adv l, holding wreath and palm. [Just like type 6, SECVRITAS REPVBLICAE, except with a different legend.] 367-378.  This reverse type was struck only at Trier.


GLORIA ROMANORVM, but withVictory
AE3. 19-18 mm. 6:00, 2.53 grams
RIC Trier 31 "S", but really quite rare.

This type was struck for Valentinian I, Valens, Gratian, and Valentinian II.  It is very rare for each of them.


Type 10AE2. GLORIA ROMANORVM. Camp gate. 367-375.
 Valens AE2
Image courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, with permission.

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 was struck for Valentinian I, Valens, and Gratian. It is very rare for each of them. 



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.

AE3. 17 mm. 2.24 grams. 

RIC Aquileia 16b, "R5".  This type is very rare. 

This type was also struck for Gratian and Valentinian II. RIC has it R5 for both. It is very rare for Gratian.




Type 12:  AE4.  VICTORIA AVGGG. Victory advancing left with wreath and palm. 375-395.

[No image for Valens. RIC has it for Valens as R4 from only one mint. It is extremely rare for Valens (if, in fact, it exists for Valens). Here is one for Arcadius.] 

14 mm. 1.28 grams. RIC Siscia 39d.

Common for Valentinian II, Theodosius, and Arcadius. Rare, but typical, for Eugenius. Highly unusual for Valens, Gratian, and Honorius.
Common in excellent condition from Siscia for Valentinian II and Theodosius.

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