LICINIA EUDOXIA, AUGUSTA, 439-490 AD. (AV Tremissis (1.40g 14mm 6h) [EXTREMELY RARE RIC R-4] Constantinople mint Struck 439-450/5 AD. EF

Ancient Coins - LICINIA EUDOXIA, AUGUSTA, 439-490 AD. (AV Tremissis (1.40g 14mm 6h) [EXTREMELY RARE RIC R-4] Constantinople mint  Struck 439-450/5 AD. EF
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LICINIA EUDOXIA, AUGUSTA,  439-490 AD.  (AV Tremissis (1.40g 14mm 6h)    Constantinople mint   Struck 439-450/5 AD. 
OBV. AEL EVDO XIA AVG, Pearl-diademed and draped bust right.  
RV. Cross within wreath.  CONOB* in exergue. 
RIC X 336 and 346 (R-4)       Depeyrot 72/3       Near EF
Ex. Robert O. Ebert Collection      (Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio 174,  January 11, 2013)  lot  #5510. 
      "Born in AD 422, Aelia Licinia Eudoxia was the daughter of Theodosius II and Eudocia. At the age of two she was betrothed to the five-year-old Placidus Valentinianus who, with the support of Theodosius against the usurper Johannes, was shortly to become emperor of the West. Their wedding took place in Constantinople on 29 October 437 and the imperial couple wintered in Thessalonica before travelling to their capital of Ravenna early in the following year. Two daughters, Eudocia and Placidia, resulted from this union but the lack of a male heir in both the eastern and western empires boded ill for the survival of the Theodosian dynasty. Shortly after the birth of her first child, Eudoxia was given the rank of Augusta (439) and she seems to have retained the title for the remaining half-century of her life. On the assassination of her husband in March 455, Eudoxia was forced to marry his successor Petronius Maximus, who was instrumental in Valentinian's downfall. At this time she is said to have appealed to the Vandal king Geiseric, (428-477),  an ally of Valentinian, to attack Rome and rescue her and her daughters, one of whom (Eudocia), had actually been betrothed to Geiseric's son Huneric as early as 442/3. Eudocia had been forced to marry Palladius, the son of Petronius Maximus, so Geiseric had every reason to seek revenge on the new imperial government in Italy. The Vandal fleet sailed to Rome and the city was captured and sacked for the second time in less than half a century (1-16 June 455). Petronius Maximus perished in the panic preceding the attack but Eudoxia and her two daughters were carried off as honoured captives to Carthage, despite the protests of the eastern emperor Marcian, and later those of Leo. Eventually (c. 462) Eudoxia and her younger daughter Placidia were allowed to return to Constantinople following the long-delayed marriage of Eudocia to Huneric. Eudoxia spent the remainder of her years in the eastern capital where she died probably in the early 490s."  David Sear
    
           Below is a coin depicting the wedding of Licina and Valentinian III, and a medallion of Licinia.

Ancient Coins - LICINIA EUDOXIA, AUGUSTA, 439-490 AD. (AV Tremissis (1.40g 14mm 6h) [EXTREMELY RARE RIC R-4] Constantinople mint  Struck 439-450/5 AD. EF
Ancient Coins - LICINIA EUDOXIA, AUGUSTA, 439-490 AD. (AV Tremissis (1.40g 14mm 6h) [EXTREMELY RARE RIC R-4] Constantinople mint  Struck 439-450/5 AD. EF
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