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Lot 117





Estimate: 140'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 120'000 CHF Price realized: 150'000 CHF
Licinia Eudoxia (425- 455) fille de Théodose II et épouse de Valentinien III.
Solidus - Ravenne (c. 439)
D’une insigne rareté et d’une qualité exceptionnelle.
Un des plus beaux exemplaires connus.
Exemplaire de la vente Aguttes du 8 décembre 2013, N°6
4.48g - Lacam vol. I, pl. V (même coin d’avers)
FDC Exceptionnel - CHOICE MS *
This coin presents an exceptional facing bust of the young Licinia Eudoxia, who was the most aristocratic woman in the Roman empire, being the daughter of the eastern emperor (Theodosius II) and the wife of the western emperor (Valentinian III). Eudoxia (b. AD 422) had been betrothed to her cousin Valentinian (b. AD 419) when she was just an infant, but they waited until AD 437 to celebrate the marriage in Constantinople. Another – but different – facing portrait of Eudoxia was used on a coin struck in Rome between October AD 454 and March AD 455, with a reverse celebrating the tricennalia of the emperor (RIC 2046). This type instead is much earlier: both Grierson and Mays believe indeed that it was struck to commemorate Eudoxia’s elevation to the rank of Augusta in AD 439.

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