Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 135Auction date: 21 November 2022
Lot number: 413

Price realized: 11,000 CHF   (Approx. 11,562 USD / 11,160 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

The Roman Empire. Johannes, 423 – 425.
Solidus, Ravenna 423–425, AV 4.42 g. D N IOHAN – NES P F AVG Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust r. Rev. VICTORI – A AVGGG Emperor standing r., holding standard and Victory on globe, spurning captive with his l. foot; in field, R – V and in exergue, COMOB. C 4. LRC 819. RIC 1901. Depeyrot 12/1.
Rare. A pleasant portrait of fine style and a light reddish tone. Minor marks in
fields and on edge, otherwise good very fine

Ex Künker sale 124, 2007, 7677.
The closest surviving male relative of the Western emperor Honorius when he died in August 423 was Valentinian III, the son of Galla Placidia. Whilst alive Honorius had banished his half-sister, so at the time of his death both she and her son were living in Constantinople. Her absence afforded the primicerius notariorum (chief notary) Johannes the opportunity to seize power in Rome, which he did with support from Castinus and Aëtius, both barbarians in the service of the Western empire. However, Johannes' rule was short-lived. Theodosius II had sent a small armada to Italy under the command of the general Arbadurius to oust Johannes and then install Valentinian III on the throne. Although Johannes managed to capture Arbadurius, the crafty general convinced several of Johannes' officers to betray him. The rebel was captured and then taken to Aquileia where, before he was executed, he was mutilated and paraded before jeering crowds.

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Estimate: 7500 CHF