“Theodosius the Great” – Roman AE2 Theodosius I 379-395 AD


Roman AE2 coin. Theodosius I reigned 378-395 AD also known as Theodosius the Great. He was the last Roman Emperor before its full split between Eastern and Western halves.
The coin shows an imperial portrait bust, pearl diademed, wearing clasped toga facing right. Legend “DN Theodosius PF Aug” and legend “GLORIA ROMANORUM” on the reverse.
See below for coin details, description and metrics.

A poem about this coin’s beauty:
“Standard held up high, Glorious Roman Empire, Theodosius reigns.”

In Latin:
“Signum in manibus, Imperium gloriosum Regnat Theodosius.“

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Ruler: Theodosius I Period: 378 to 395
  • Denomination: nummus AE2
  • Grade: Fine
  • Exergue/Mint:
  • Material: bronze
  • Weight (g):
  • Diameter (mm): 22
  • Obverse: imperial portrait bust, pearl diademed, wearing clasped toga facing right. Legend "DN Theodosius PF Aug"
  • Reverse: Emeperor standing holding standard and imperial orb. Legend "GLORIA ROMANORUM"
  • The AE coins of ancient Rome are a fascinating glimpse into the past, particularly around the later Roman empire from around the 3rd century AD. These coins were used for everyday transactions and were made of bronze or copper. They depict a variety of scenes from Roman life, including gods and goddesses, animals, and imperial leaders. The term "AE" is usually associated with AE1-4 in accordance to size, AE1 being the largest. It is actually a modern construction and we have little or no insight of what this coinage was actually called. The terms "Follis" or "Nummus" are also commonly used, though more recently it is becoming accepted that the term Nummus may have been the correct one also used at the time. As the empire's economic fortunes decreased the size of coinage also fell making the AE4 class very predominant until the fall of Rome and the coin reforms of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire).
  • The AE2 coin was a silver coin produced in the Roman Empire. Over time, the design of the AE2 coins changed, with some coins featuring different emperors on the obverse and different reverses. The size of the AE2 is 21-25mm

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Dimensions 2.2 × 2.2 × 0.1 cm