Marcian (450 - 457 AD)

Flavius Marcianus, known in English as Marcian, was the emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 450 until his death. Marcian's rule marked a recovery of the Eastern Empire, which the emperor protected from external menaces and reformed economically and financially. On the other side, the isolationistic politic of Marcian left the Western Roman Empire without help against barbarian attacks, which materialized in the Italian campaigns of Attila and in the Vandal sack of Rome.

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Marcian 'Victory with Cross' AV Solidus 014691

Extremely Rare Marcian 'Victory with Cross' AV Solidus
Gold, 4.47 grams, 19.86 mm. Constantinople. 450-457 AD. Obverse: DN MARCIA-NVS PF AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman. Reverse: VICTORI-A AVGGG Epsilon, Victory standing left, holding long jewelled cross, star in right field, CONOB in exergue. RIC X 508; Sear 4322. Rated R4 in RIC. Good extremely fine.

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Marcian 'Victory with Cross' AV Solidus 014691

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