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Gold Solidus of Valentinian I (364–75)

Date:
364–375
Geography:
Made in Cyzicus (now Balkiz, Turkey)
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 7/8 x 1/16 in. (2.2 x 0.1 cm)
Classification:
Coins
Credit Line:
Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
Accession Number:
04.35.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Valentinian restored Christian symbols, including the Chi-Rho emblem atop the emperor's standard.

Coins connected an emperor to his subjects. He paid the army in coins, received taxes in coins, and was responsible for maintaining their weight and purity. These coins of early Byzantine emperors conveyed imperial ideals through inscriptions and images.
Elbert E. Farman (1831–1911)
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