18mm, Grade ??, The coin is well centered but it has no patina to speak
of and is very pitted no cleaning was necessary this is how it arrived in
an uncleaned lot. VM 43, RIC IX Siscia 14c.
||The portrait is of Gratian a pearl-diademed, draped
and cuirassed bust facing right. The legend reads DN GRATIANVS PF AVG meaning:
DN (Dominus Noster /our lord showing the emperor to be the supreme ruler)
GRATIANVS (his name) PF (Pius Felix / Dutiful and Wise) AVG Augustus which
defines him as being the emperor.
||The reverse shows Gratian advancing right, dragging
a bound captive by the hair and holding a labarum.
The legend reads GLORIA ROMANORVM which translates as "Glory of /to
the Romans" There is a
over M in the left field and a * over P in the right field.
||The exergue reads
ΔSISC meaning the 4th workshop (Delta) of the Siscia
mint. minted 367-375
|The Entire Story
||The entire story of this coin would read: Our Lord Gratian
the Dutiful and Wise Augustus. The Glory of Rome is of course brought to
the people by Gratian by defeating the barbarians as symbolized by him dragging
away the captive.