Gratian; AE3 Arelate; emperor with labarum & shield
Description: Gratian (367 - 383 AD). AE3 Arelate mint 370-375 AD. DN GRATIANVS AVGG AVG; pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / GLORIA NOVI SAECVLI; emperor standing facing, head left, holding labarum in right hand and resting left hand on shield; TCON in ex.
Diameter: AE18 mm
Weight: 1,86 g
Attribution: RIC IX 15 type xiv(c)
Commentary: scarce; light green patina with dark deposits, full legends
History: Gratian started as a energetic and successful emperor but gradually became a tool of his barbarian general and the bishop of Milan - a sign of things to come.
Article Number: 014-06-08-42960