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Overstruck LRB Study



Gratian?, AE4, Unknown mint
D N G...
Draped, cuirassed bust right
VIRTVS EXERCITI
Emperor standing facing, holding spear and leaning on shield, being crowned with wreath by Victory, standing left
14mm x 15mm, 1.36g


Overstruck on a Valentinian I, SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE coin or Valentinian II, SALVS REIPVBLICAE or SALVS REIPVBLICE with obverse showing PVBLIC and the edge of Victory's wing above the head of the emperor where the overstrike did not obliterate the host and reverse showing ENTINI at 5 o'clock where the legend after EXER did not obliterate the host.


Gratian or imitative type struck over an official Imperial coin?


Gratian ruled as Junior Augustus to Valentinian I from 367-375 and Senior Augustus with Valentinian II from 375-383. Since this coin is an AE4 sized module, the best fit is Valentinian II. One small problem - Gratian didn't issue a VIRTVS EXERCITVS type with Victory crowning emperor.


The only other possible choice for this piece, beginning with legend D N G is Glycerius, but I cannot find a reverse type of VIRTVS EXERCITI for him.


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