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Arcadius AE4 Antioch. 395-401 AD


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Arcadius AE4 of Antioch. 395-401 AD.


Obverse D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right. 

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Reverse VIRTVS-EXERCITI, emperor standing left, head right, holding spear and resting left hand on shield. Victory, standing beside him, crowns him with a wreath which she holds in her right hand. Mintmark ANTΓ. RIC X 70, Γ

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A weak ruler, his reign was dominated by a series of powerful ministers and by his wife, Aelia Eudoxia.
As emperor he was more concerned with appearing to be a pious Christian than he was with political or military matters. Not being a military leader, he began to promote a new type of imperial victory through images, not via the traditional military achievements, but focusing on his piety. Arcadius's reign saw the growing push towards the outright abolishment of paganism.
On  July 13th 399, Arcadius issued an edict ordering that all remaining non-Christian temples should be immediately demolished.

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Nice coin and write up, @thenickelguy. I have only one coin of Arcadius, from Constantinople -- just as I have only one coin apiece of his father Theodosius I and brother Honorius. Nothing from his wife as of yet.

Eastern Roman Empire, Arcadius (son of Theodosius I and older brother of Honorius), 383-408 AD, AV Solidus 397-402 AD, Constantinople Mint (9th Officina). Obv. Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing three-quarters right, holding spear over right shoulder and shield on left arm bearing image of horseman right; D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG / Rev. Helmeted Constantinopolis seated facing on throne, head right, with right knee bare and right foot resting on prow, holding long scepter with right hand and, on left hand, Victory with wreath standing on globe; CONCORDI-A AVGG Θ [Theta, for 9th Officina]; in exergue, CONOB [for Constantinople Mint]. RIC X 7 at. p. 240 (1994); Depeyrot II Constantinople 55/1 Arcadius at p. 246 (55th emission for city since AD 337) (30 examples of type from 9th Officina; 285 overall) [Depeyrot, George, Les Monnaies d'Or de Constantin II à Zenon (337-491) (Wetteren 1996)]; Dumberton Oaks Catalogue, Late Roman 207-217 (217 = 9th Officina) and Plate 8 [P. Griessen. & M. Mays, Catalogue of Late Roman Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, etc. (1992)]; Sear RCV V 20706 (ill. p. 431) (1994). 20 mm., 4.44 g. Purchased from Dr. Busso Peus Nachf., Frankfurt, Germany, 1 April 2021. Ex. Auktionen Münzhandlung Sonntag Auktion 33 Lot 36 (23.11. 2020); ex. Auktion 116 München Münzhandlung Karl Kreß [Kress](Otto Helbing Nachfolger), Lot 729 (28.10.1960).

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Very nice, @thenickelguy! Here's my humble Arcadius:


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Arcadius, AD 383-408
Roman Æ half-centenionalis; 1.15 g, 14.2 mm
Cyzicus, AD 388-392
Obv: D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust, right
Rev: SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Victory advancing left, with right hand carrying trophy over shoulder and dragging captive with left; ⳨ in left field, SMKΓ in exergue
Refs: RIC 26(c); LRBC 2578; RCV 20851.
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The small Arcadius coins are pretty fun to collect and admire! Here's one of my Victory dragging captive type:

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Arcadius, Ruled 383-408 AD
AE4, Antioch Mint, Struck 383-393 AD

Obverse: DN ARCADIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: SALVS REI-PVBLICAE, Victory walking right, holding trophy over shoulder, dragging a captive behind her, cross in left field.
Exergue: ANTΓ
References: RIC IX Antioch 67d, LRBC 2771
Size: 12mm, 1.2g

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My 11mm  Arcadius is cross-eyed

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Arcadius
Obv: D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, Bust of Arcadius, helmeted, pearl-diademed, cuirassed, facing front, holding spear in right hand behind head and shield
Rev: CONCORDI-A AVGG, Constantinopolis, helmeted, draped, enthroned, enthroned, facing front, head right, holding long sceptre in right hand and Victory on globe in left hand; beneath her right foot, prow; CONS[ ] in ex
AE, 1.8g, 11mm
RIC 10, p.248, 86

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My Arcadius shows him dissaproving:

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1.40 g 13.3 mm
Arcadius, 383-408
Æ Nummus, Aes IV, half-centenionalis
Mint: Nicomedia, 388-392, 1st shop.
D N ARCADIVS P F AVG
Draped, cuirassed bust with pearl diadem to the right.
SALVS REI - PVBLICAE
Victoria striding to the left with her tropaeum on her shoulder, dragging a prisoner behind her with her left.
In the exergue: SMNA
RIC IX Nicomedia 45c; Sear 20849

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Here 2 of my Arcadius coins

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D N ARCAD IUS P F AVG

pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, r. holding spearand shield in front.Above, hand holding wreath

CONCORDI A AVGG // SMKA

Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head l., holding long sceptre and Victory on globe; beneath r. foot, a prow

Aes4, A.D. 401 – 403,  1.66 gr,  17.74 mm , Cyzicus

RIC X 94

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D N ARCADIUS P F AVG

pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed r.

SALUS REI PUBLICAE // SMKr

Victory advancing l., with r. dand carrying trophy over shoulderand dragging captive with l.. In l. field : Chi-Rho

Aes 4 Silver!, A.D. 288 – 392,  0.84 gr,  12.78 mm

RIC X 26 c

 

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Nice addition

Even though abundant, they're hard to come by in nice condition

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Arcadius, Siliqua - Treveri mint, 2nd officina
D N ARCADI VS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
VIRTVS RO MANORVM, Roma seated left, holding Victory and spear, TRPS at exergue
Ref : RIC # 106, Roman coins # 4227

 

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Arcadius, AE 2 - Alexandria mint, 3rd officina
D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, Diademed bust of Arcadius right
VIRTS EXERCITI (sic !), Arcadius, standing right, a captive at right foot, holding globe and standard. ALE gamma at exergue
6.28 gr
Ref : RIC # 18, RC #4230, LRBC #2896 var

 

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Arcadius, AE4 - Heraclea mint, 1st officina, c. AD 383
DN ARCADIVS PF AVG. Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
VOT / V within wreath, SMHA at exergue
1.27g, 14mm, 12h
Ref : RIC IX # 18b, LRBC II # 1964

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I recently purchased my first (and to date, only) Arcadius.

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Arcadius
BI 3.00g, 18mm, 6h.
Cyzicus, 395-401 CE
D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust to right / VIRTVS EXERCITI, emperor standing facing, head to right, holding spear, resting on shield, and being crowned by Victory standing to left and holding palm branch; SMKB in exergue
RIC X 66
Ex Roma

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I love these little coins

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DN ARCADIUS P F AVG

Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right

VOT V in wreat // SMHA

Heraclea,  RIC IX 18b

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DN ARCADIUS P F AVG

Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right

Gloria rei - publice r/ /TES

gate of camp with 2 turrets and 4 layers of stones

Thessalonica, RIC IX 62c

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I don't generally play this late in Imperial coinage but I have gathered a few AE4s along the way. Here are two Antioch examples.

AE4
Obv:– DN ARCADIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and curassed bust right
Rev:– SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Victory advancing left, carrying trophy over shoulder and dragging captive; Christogram in left field
Minted in Antioch (ANTΓ in exe).
RIC IX Antioch 70a

1.19 gms. 13.96 mm. 0 degrees

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AE4
Obv:– DN ARCADIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and curassed bust right
Rev:– CONCOR-DIA AVGGG, cross
Minted in Antioch (ANTA). A.D. 404-406
Reference(s) – RIC X 136 (Rated S)

0.86g. 10.27 mm. 0 degrees

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Bronze coin (AE 2) minted at Constantinopolis during the reign of ARCADIUS between 378 - 383 A.D. Obv. D.N.ARCADIVS.P.F.AVG. pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust r., holding spear & shield in front. Above, hand holding wreath. Rev. GLORIA.ROMANORVM. ARCADIUS stg. facing, hd. l., holding standard in r. hand and resting l. on shield; to l., captive seated l., head r. RCS #4229. RICIX #53a pg.226.

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