Theodosius I; AE2 Constantinople; emperor on galley
Description: Theodosius I (379 - 395 AD). AE2, Constantinople mint 379-383 AD. DN THEODOSIVS P F AVG; draped and cuirassed bust right, wearing helmet decorated with pearl-diadem, holding spear and shield / GLORIA ROMANORVM; emperor standing facing on ship, head right, raising right hand, Victory seated at helm and, wreath in upper left field, CONA in ex.
Diameter: AE23 mm
Weight: 5,36 g
Attribution: RIC Constantinople 52c4
Commentary: attractive green patina, good detail, scratch on obverse
History: After the initial toleration of old pagan religion Theodosius gradually surpressed paganism and on his order the eternal flame in the Temple of Vesta, burning for probably more than 1000 years, was extinguished.
Article Number: 061-01-04-42750