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ID:     56-488
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Jovinus
Date Ruled:     A.D. 411-413
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Solidus
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 411-413
Weight:     4.49 g
Obverse Legend:     D N IOVIN–VS P F AVG
Obverse Description:     Pearl and rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     RESTITV–TOR REIP / T - R / COMOB
Reverse Description:     Emperor standing r., holding standard and Victory on globe, spurning captive with his l. foot; in field, T – R. In exergu
Exergue:     COMOB
Mint Mark:     T-R/COMOB
Mint:     Treveri
Primary Reference:     RIC X 1708
Reference2:     C 1
Reference3:     Depeyrot 59/1
Photograph Credit:     Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG
Price Sold For:     65000 Swiss Franc
Date Sold:     10/8/2010
Notes:     NAC Auction 56, Lot 488 (Estimate: 60000 CHF) Extremely rare and in fine condition for this difficult issue. An insignificant edge mark at ten o’clock on obverse, otherwise about extremely fine Ex Hirsch 24, 1909, Consul Weber, 2815; M&M 93, 2003, Bally-Herzog, 305 and Helios 1, 2008, 623 sales. When the Gallic nobleman Jovinus was proclaimed emperor in Germania Secunda in 411, his timing was ideal; the luckless Honorius had only just emerged from the horrors of 407-411, during which many crises had struck the Western empire, including the sack of Rome by the Visigoths. Jovinus already had agreements with kings of the Alans and Burgundians, and he immediately set about making alliances with other barbarian leaders, including Athaulf, king of the Visigoths. All was proceeding according to plan until Jovinus courted the Gothic dissident Sarus, and hailed his own brother Sebastianus co-emperor, for both of these actions alienated Athaulf, who instead began to co-operate with Honorius. The alliance of Athaulf and Honorius was effective, and the rebels Sebastianus and Jovinus were, in turn, captured and executed.