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Eastern Roman Empire

Ruler: Valens
Reigned: Eastern Augustus 364 - 378 AD
Denomination: AV Solidus
Mint: Antioch
Date of Issue: 364 AD
Obverse: Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. "D.N. VALENS PER. F. AVG"
Reverse: Valens standing facing, head right, holding labarum (cross within) and Victory.
Mint marks:
Reference: RIC IX 2d (xxxvii), RCVM 19559
Weight: 3.7 gms
Nominal Weight: 4.5 gms
Diameter: 19.6 mm

VALENS (Flavius Valens)

  • When Jovian died on 16th February 364, the Roman army elected Valentinian I to succeed him.
  • Valentinian chose his brother Valens to share his rule, as augustus in the East, while he ruled the West.
  • Valens was born in Cibalae (near modern Osijek, Croatia), in the province of Pannonia.
  • In 365 Procopius rebelled at Constantinople. In 366 he was defeated and Procopius was put to death by order of Valens (May 27th, 366).
  • In 375, the Ostrogoths under Fritigern had been allowed to settle within the Roman Empire.
  • In 378, they rebelled and on August 9th 378, Valens with his eastern army, proceeded to attack the Visigoths and Ostrogoths at Adrianople.
  • Due to the poor judgement of Valens and trickery by the barbarians, the Roman army was slaughtered and Valens killed, his body never found.

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