Gratian   367 - 383   A.D.

Coin Description Gratian, AE 19mm, Grade ??, The coin is very brittle and has a very serrated edge. VM 45
Obverse 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 legend is broken which is a sign of the highest respect and signifies him as the senior Augustus
Reverse The reverse shows Victory advancing left, holding wreath & palm (both symbols of victory and triumph). The legend reads SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE which translates as "The strength of the state".
Mint The mintmark is unfortunately unreadable.
The Entire Story The entire story of this coin would read: Our Lord Gratianus the Dutiful and Wise Augustus and "The strength of the state" is of course provided by Gratian and symbolized by Victory.