Honorius (393 - 423 AD)

Flavius Honorius was Roman Emperor (393–395) and then Western Roman Emperor from 395 until his death. He was the younger son of Theodosius I and his first wife Aelia Flaccilla, and brother of the Eastern Emperor Arcadius. Even by the standards of the later Roman Empire, Honorius was an exceptionally weak emperor. His throne was guarded by his principal general, Flavius Stilicho, who was successively Honorius's guardian (during his childhood) and his father-in-law (after the emperor became an adult). Despite Stilicho's generalship, the empire lost ground; and after the guardian's execution, Honorius's empire moved towards the verge of collapse.

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Honorius 'Emperor and Captive' Solidus 028221

Rare Honorius 'Emperor and Captive' Solidus
Gold, 4.46 grams, 22.86 mm. Ravenna. AD 395-401. Obverse: D N HONORIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: VICTORIAE AVGGG, Honorius in military dress, standing right, holding labarum and Victory on globe, foot on fallen enemy. R-V across fields, mintmark COMOB. RIC X 1287; Sear (1988) 4244. Good extremely fine.

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Honorius 'Emperor and Captive' Solidus 028221
Honorius 'Roma' Siliqua 027091

Honorius 'Roma' Siliqua
Silver, 1.11 grams, 15.10 mm. Milan. 395-423 AD. Obverse: DN HONORI-VS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: VIRTVS RO-MANORVM, Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory (with wreath and palm branch over shoulder) on globe and inverted spear. Mintmark MDPS. RIC X 1228; Sear 4250. Good very fine.

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Honorius 'Roma' Siliqua 027091

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