Honorius & Theodosius II. AD 408-423. Æ Exagium Solidi Weight, stunning details.

Ancient Coins - Honorius & Theodosius II. AD 408-423. Æ Exagium Solidi Weight, stunning details.
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Honorius & Theodosius II. AD 408-423. Æ Exagium Solidi Weight (19mm, 4.37 g, 11h). DD NN AA VV GG, diademed and draped facing busts; cross above / EXAGIVM SOLID[I], Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopia; star to right. Bendall, Weights 12. Choice EF. natural red earthen patina.


During the later Roman Empire, coin weights began appearing with the legend exagium solidi, a phrase which has often been translated as “the weight (or weighing) of a solidus”, in order to deal with the practice of clipping. Exagium derives from the Latin exigere (lit. “to drive out”). However, extant examples of these weights vary and some weigh much less than the 4.5 g of a full-weight solidus. These lighter weights are thought to possibly represent the lowest acceptable weight for aurei, and were used to withdraw under-weight solidi from circulation and thereby maintain an acceptable weight standard minimum for solidi to circulate at full value

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