Gold Solidus of Valens (364–78)
- Made in Constantinople
- 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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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.