VALENTINIAN III, 425-455 AD. (AV Tremissis 1.33g 13mm 12h) Constantinople, Struck 430-440 AD. (EXTREMELY RARE, RIC R-4) CHOICE VF

Ancient Coins - VALENTINIAN III, 425-455 AD. (AV Tremissis 1.33g 13mm 12h) Constantinople, Struck 430-440 AD. (EXTREMELY RARE, RIC R-4) CHOICE VF
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VALENTINIAN III,   425-455 AD.  (AV Tremissis 1.33g 13mm 12h)  Constantinople mint  Struck 430-440 AD.  
OBV. DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right.   
RV. VICTORI A AVGVSTORVM, Victory advancing right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger. Star to right. CONOB in exergue. 
RIC X 279  (R-4)  Depeyrot 70/2  CHOICE VF   Ex. Marc Poncin Collection (Classical Numismatic Group #72  June 14, 2006)  lot #1926.
 
 
       Valentinian III was emperor in the West while his co-emperor was Theodosius II in the East. At no time during Valentinian's long and turbulent reign were the affairs of state personally managed by him, who in his minority ruled first under the control of his mother Galla Placidia, and from 437 AD., the magister militum Flavius Aetius. His wife was one of the most beautiful women of the day, Licinia Eudoxia. Aetius was his great general. Valentinian II personally murdered Aetius with the imperial sword. "You have cut off your right hand with your left", an advisor said. Two barbarian retainers avenged his death by killing Valentinian III. This threw the Western Roman Empire into its own death agonies. 20 years later, Rome had fallen.
       Due to the numerous family ties of Valentinian III, he was the son, grandson, great-grandson, cousin, and nephew (twice over) of Roman emperors.
       Paulus wrote his "opinions". Diocletian preserved the traditions of classical legal science in the"collections". Valentinian III, his law of citations in 426, which laid down rules for the employment of classical juristic writings in court. Then, Theodosius II in 438, considered the code of imperial statutes from 312 which formed part of a general scheme of codifying legislation. Justinian I, 528-534, and his code/digest contains all known of Roman legal institutions. All summarized and simplified Roman law for the barbarian West.
     St. Augustine 354-430, died during the reign of Valentinian III. He was born in Tagaste in Africa and was raised in the Church (due to his mother's influence) but quickly fell into licentiousness & heresy. "My sins increase like a rolling snowball," he wrote in his Confessions. His mother, St. Monica, constantly prayed for his conversion. At the age of 33 he was baptized by the Bishop of Milan, St. Ambrose. He went to Africa & was elected Bishop of Hippo. There, Augustine devoted himself to a heroic regimen of preaching & writing in defense of the Faith. One of the most prolific writers ever to have lived, he is one of the greatest doctors of the Church.
 
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