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RIC Volume X - Divided Empire to Fall of Empire: Honorius


Honorius, AV Solidus, 397-402, Constantinople, Officina 5
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder
CONCORDI_A AVGG E
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, scepter in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, right foot on prow
CONOB in exergue
20mm, 4.40g
RIC X, 8 (Arcadius) (S)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 397-402, Constantinople, Officina 5
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder
CONCORDI_A AVGG E
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, scepter in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, right foot on prow
CONOB in exergue
20mm, 4.40g
RIC X, 8 (Arcadius) (S)
Ex Frank Kovacs, "Wine Country Collection"


Honorius, AV Solidus, 397-402, Constantinople, Officina 7
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder
CONCORDI_A AVGG Z
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, spear in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, right foot on prow
CONOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.46g
RIC X, 8 (Arcadius) (S)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 397-402, Constantinople, Officina 1
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder
CONCORDI_A AVGGG A
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, spear in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, right foot on prow
Star with eight points in left field
CONOB in exergue
21mm, 4.44g
RIC X, 30 (Arcadius) (R2)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 397-402, Thessalonica
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder, Chi-tau on breastplate
CONCORDI_A AVGG
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, spear in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, right foot on prow
COMOB in exergue
20mm, 4.34g
RIC X, 38 (Arcadius) (R2)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 397-402, Thessalonica
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder, cross on breastplate
CONCORDI_A AVGG
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, vertical reversed spear in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, right foot on prow
COMOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.37g
RIC X, 38 (Arcadius) (R2)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 403-408, Thessalonica
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder, Chi-tau on breastplate
CONCORDI_A AVGG
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, spear in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, right foot on prow
* in left field
COMOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.55g
RIC X, 43 (Arcadius) (R3)


Honorius, AE4, 395-401, Cyzicus, Officina 2
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VIRTVS-EXERCITI
Emperor standing left, head right, spear in right hand, resting left hand on shield, Victory standing left, palm branch in left hand, crowning emperor with wreath in right
SMKB in exergue
16mm x 18mm, 1.72g
RIC X, 68 (Arcadius) (C)


Honorius, AE3, 395-401, Antioch, Officina 3
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VIRTVS-EXERCITI
Emperor standing facing, head right, vertical spear in right hand, left hand resting on shield, crowned by Victory standing left, wreath in right hand
ANTΓ in exergue
16mm x 17mm, 2.53g
RIC X, 72 (Arcadius) (C3)


Honorius, AE3, 395-401, Alexandria, Officina 1
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VIRTVS-EXERCITI
Emperor standing left, head right, spear in right hand, left hand resting on shield, crowned by Victory standing left, wreath in right hand
ALEA in exergue
16mm, 1.71g
RIC X, 76 (Arcadius) (C2)


Honorius, AE3, 401-403, Antioch, Officina 1
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with cross design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder
CONCORDI_A AVGG
Concordia seated facing, spear in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, right foot on prow
ANTA in exergue
16mm x 17mm, 2.31g
RIC X, 99 (Arcadius) (S)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 408-420, Constantinople, Officina 3
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder
CONCORDI_A AVGG Γ
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, spear in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, right foot on prow
Star with eight points in left field
CONOB in exergue
21mm x 22mm, 4.47g
RIC X, 201 (R) (Theodosius II)
Ex Sotheby's, Auction 6147, Lot 998, June 1991; Ex Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection


Honorius, AV Solidus, 408-420, Constantinople, Officina 10
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horse and rider design in left hand, spear in right hand over right shoulder
CONCORDI_A AVGG I
Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, vertical scepter in right hand, Victory on globe in left, right foot on prow
* in left field
CONOB in exergue
20mm, 4.48g
RIC X, 201 (R) (Theodosius II)
Ex Mark Drazak Collection; Ex Mike Summers Collection; Ex Ed Waddell
Grade: EF


Arcadius, AV Solidus, 395-402, Milan
D N ARCADI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Emperor standing facing, head right, Victory on globe in left hand, labarum in right, left foot on bound captive with two parallel legs laying on ground at right and looking up at emperor
M | D across fields
COMOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.42g
RIC X, 1205 (C)


Honorius, AR Siliqua, 402, Milan
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VIRTVS RO_MANORVM
Virtus, helmeted, seated left on cuirass, right breast exposed, Victory on globe in right hand, reversed vertical spear in left
MDPS in exergue
16mm x 18mm, 1.30g
RIC X, 1228b

Note: The depiction of Virtus on the reverse appears to be quite deliberate. In many of the examples of RIC 1227-8 I've observed, which are described as Roma on the reverse, the figure has a covered chest and bare arms. It appears to me that the specimens with fold of drapery over the left arm as on this example, do have an exposed right breast and are meant to be Virtus and examples with simply bare arms and apparently covered chest are Roma. After a bit of discussion on the ancients.info forum, Curtis Clay has convinced me the seated types are Roma, whether or not her chest is covered or exposed. There have apparently been articles published discussing the confusion of Roma vs. Virtus in depictions of Late Roman art, so I will try to find some more details on it. Also note - this coin seems to match RIC IX, 32c as well. Must check what is different between the two entries.

I'm surprised this has not been observed in the past, since great care was taken in RIC X to describe the various types of spear styles for this issue and the examples on Plate 35 appear to show a mix of Virtus and Roma types:

Spear styles - a) small, neat point; b) broad point; c) single spur; d) hook; e) no extra feature; f) Victory's palm branch points forward.


Honorius, AR Half Siliqua, 402, Milan
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Victory advancing left, wreath upward in right hand, palm in left over shoulder
MD in exergue
14mm x 15mm, 0.96g
RIC X, 1234 (R4)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 404 and 407-408, Milan Style, Rome
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Emperor standing facing, head right, Victory on globe in left hand, labarum in right, left foot on bound captive with two parallel legs laying on ground at right and looking up at emperor
R | M across fields
COMOB in exergue
21mm, 4.44g
RIC X, 1252 (S)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 404 and 407-408, Milan Style, Rome
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Emperor standing facing, head right, Victory on globe in left hand, labarum in right, left foot on bound captive with two parallel legs laying on ground at right and looking up at emperor
R | M across fields
COMOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.39g
RIC X, 1252 (S)


Honorius, AE4, 404 and 407-408, Rome, Officina 2
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VRBS RO_MA FELIX
Roma standing facing, head right, trophy in right hand, Victory on globe in left hand, shield resting against her leg at right
OF | S across fields
(SMROM) in exergue
13mm x 14mm, 2.06g
RIC X, 1282 (C)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 402-403/405-406, Ravenna
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Emperor standing facing, head right, Victory on globe in left hand, labarum in right, left foot on bound captive with two parallel legs laying on ground at right and looking up at emperor
R | V across fields
COMOB in exergue
21mm x 22mm, 4.48g
RIC X, 1287 (S)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 402-403/405-406, Ravenna
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Emperor standing facing, head right, Victory on globe in left hand, labarum in right, left foot on bound captive with two parallel legs laying on ground at right and looking up at emperor
R | V across fields
COMOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.41g
RIC X, 1287 (S)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 402-403/405-406, Ravenna
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Emperor standing facing, head right, Victory on globe in left hand, labarum in right, left foot on bound captive with two parallel legs laying on ground at right and looking up at emperor
R | V across fields
COMOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.46g
RIC X, 1287 (S)


Honorius, AV Solidus, 402-403/405-406, Ravenna
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Emperor standing facing, head right, Victory on globe in left hand, labarum in right, left foot on bound captive with two parallel legs laying on ground at right and looking up at emperor
R | V across fields
COMOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.28g
RIC X, 1287 (S)
Ex Ira & Larry Goldberg, Pre-Long Beach Auction, Lot 3214, February 2010


Honorius, AV Solidus, 402-403/405-406, Ravenna
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Emperor standing facing, head right, Victory on globe in left hand, labarum in right, left foot on bound captive with two parallel legs laying on ground at right and looking up at emperor
R | V across fields
COMOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.29g
RIC X, 1287 (S)
Ex Ira & Larry Goldberg, Pre-Long Beach Auction, Lot 3214, February 2010


Honorius, AV Tremissis, After 408, Later Groups, Ravenna
D N HONORI_VS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORIA-AVGVSTORVM
Victory advancing right, globus cruciger at waist in left hand, wreath upward and behind in right
R | V across fields
COMOB in exergue
13mm, 1.50g
RIC X, 1340 (R)
Ex HD Rauch, Auction 79, Lot 2547, November 2006