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Gold Solidus of Valens (364–78)

Date:
364–378
Geography:
Made in Constantinople
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:
04.35.24
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
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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