Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 117Auction date: 22 February 2024
Lot number: 1346

Price realized: 1,500 GBP   (Approx. 1,892 USD / 1,751 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

Valens AV Solidus. Antioch, AD 372. Decennalia issue. D N VALENS PER F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust to right / GLORIA ROMANORVM, Roma enthroned facing, holding spear and Constantinopolis enthroned to left, holding sceptre, foot on prow, holding between them shield inscribed VOT X MVL XX in four lines; Christogram above, ANOBI in exergue. RIC IX 16d5; Depeyrot 38/3. 4.46g, 21mm, 6h.

Near Mint State; small scratch to cheek.

From the Brightwalton Collection;
Acquired from Pegasus Auctions, June 2016 (Ref ZF51).

The mintmark which appears on this solidus is formed of three parts. The first is an abbreviation identifying the mint ('AN' for Antioch) and the final part is the officina - in this case a single letter ('I') indicating one of a number of separate workshops operating within the mint. Following the mint name are the letters 'OB' which are believed to be an abbreviation of the word obryza - a word which refers to the testing of the purity of the gold. The word obryza first appears in Greek in the form chrysion obryzon, meaning 'refined gold', and in Latin as obrussa, meaning 'test'. Gold which passed the test might be called ad obrussam or ex obrussa. The inclusion of the letters 'OB' after the abbreviated name of the mint therefore attest to the purity of the metal of the coin itself.

Estimate: 800 GBP