Rare Emperor Procopius 'The Usurper' AE, AD 365-6

Denomination: AE3, described by Sear as bronze centenionalis

Period: Late Roman imperial

Date: AD 365-6

Origin: Constantinople mint

Condition: Very fine for type of a very scarce emperor, it is also the rarer of the five versions  

Obverse: Bust of Procopius pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, D N PROCOPIVS P F AVG

Reverse: Emperor, head right, facing holding labarum in right hand and resting in shield in left, at foot an indeterminate globular object, REPARATIO FEL TEMP

Size and Weight: 15mm, 2.38g

References: Spink 19883 with the small indeterminate object at the emperor's feet, RIC 17-18

Features and Provenance: Born in Cilicia in AD 326, he rose through the ranks and was well thought of by Emperor Julian and even promised the succession, but he did not dispute the elevation of Jovian to emperor in 363 instead. He then retired with his family and little is heard of him until he plots to take the throne from Valentinian and Valens. He was successful, but support for the usurper was short lived and he was killed just 8 months after taking the throne. His head was paraded through Gaul to deter further attempts at takeover. 



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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