GordianAppreciator101 Posted July 29, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 29, 2022 As an Imperial Roman Collector, I've always thought Victories to be the most "typical" or "representative" reverse of the Late Empire. An Empire in a downwards spiral towards its untimely demise, while Victories were sparse, this didn't stop the Emperors from claiming their glory in the form of coinage. I also enjoy the type of Victory as it's maintained since the very beginning of the Empire to the last "Latin" Byzantine coins, giving us collectors many centuries to choose from when looking for a Victory. This said, I have to show here my earliest (not really that early, I have to admit) and my latest Victories: Postumus | 261 | Antoninianus | Treveris | IMP C POSTVMVS P*F* AVG | VICTORIA AVG (RIC V 89) Theodosius I 383-394 | AE4 | Antioch | D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG | SALVS REIPVBLICAE (RIC IX 67) And finally, a comparison of the sizes of both coins: I cheated a bit, given how the coin of Theodosius doesn't have the reverse legend "Victoria Avg(g)(g)" but I thought it was neat. As a symbol usually used to represent peace, "Salus Reipublicae" now shows the dire state of the empire, showing itself with a cautive and a trophy, helping reinforce the idea that Victory for Rome was at hand. What's your earliest and latest Victory? 27 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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