Jovian (363 - 364 AD)

Flavius Iovianus, anglicized to Jovian, (331 – 17 February 364) was a soldier elected Roman Emperor by the army on 27 June 363 upon the death of Emperor Julian the Apostate during his Sassanid campaign. Jovian reestablished Christianity as the official religion of the Empire. Jovian was born at Singidunum (today Belgrade, Serbia) in 331. Jovian accompanied the Roman Emperor Julian on the disastrous Mesopotamian campaign of the same year against Shapur II, the Sassanid king. After a small but decisive engagement the Roman army was forced to retreat from the numerically superior Persian force. Julian was mortally wounded during the retreat and died on 26 June 363. The next day, after the aged Saturninius Secundus Salutius, praetorian prefect of the Orient, declined the purple, the choice of the army fell upon Jovian. His election caused considerable surprise, and it is suggested by Ammianus Marcellinus that he was wrongly identified with another Jovianus, chief notary (primicerius notariorum), whose name also had been put forward, or that during the acclamations the soldiers mistook the name Jovianus for Julianus, and imagined that the latter had recovered from his illness.

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Jovian 'Votive' AE3 Follis 019212

Scarce Jovian 'Votive' AE3 Follis
Bronze, 2.60 grams, 20.64 mm. Heraclea. 363-364 AD. Obverse: DN IOVIAN-VS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left. Reverse: VOT V, within wreath; mintmark HERACA in exergue. RIC VIII Heraclea 108; Sear 4086. Very fine.
£65.00

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Jovian 'Votive' AE3 Follis 019212
Jovian 'Votive' AE3 018345

Scarce Jovian 'Votive' AE3
Bronze, 3.39 grams, 20.78 mm. Heraclea. 363-364 AD. Obverse: DN IOVIAN-VS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left. Reverse: VOT V, within wreath; mintmark HERACA in exergue. RIC VIII Heraclea 108; Sear 4086. Good fine/good very fine.
£85.00

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Jovian 'Votive' AE3 018345


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