Gold Solidus of Valentinian I (364–75)
- Made in Cyzicus (now Balkiz, Turkey)
- Overall: 7/8 x 1/16 in. (2.2 x 0.1 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
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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.