Coin Catalogue

Julius Nepos 474 – 475 A.D.

Julius Nepos rose to power at the behest of Leo, the eastern emperor. The then current ruler, Glycerius, was but a palace court appointee and puppet of a conquering barbarian general. On the approach of Nepos’ army, Glycerius abdicated and was allowed to retire without bloodshed. Nepos himself was to hold on to power for barely a year before he fled another approaching army of barbarians. Although without an army, subjects or any legislative power, Nepos would linger in near anonymity in Northern Italy until he was murdered in 480 by men from his own bodyguard, possibly in a plot involving former emperor Glycerius. From the time he fled Rome until his death he was, however, diplomatically recognized by the court of Zeno as the emperor of the West. Technically at least, he was thus the last emperor outlasting the brief rule of Romulus Augustus.

 

AU Solidus


RIC 3206, C 5 Solidus DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG – Helmeted, Diademed (pearls) and cuirassed bust three-quarters facing, holding spear and shield with horseman and enemy motif.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG: Exe: /COMOB – Victory standing left, supporting long jewelled cross, a dot next to her left foot. c.474-476.



RIC 3212 Solidus Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG – Diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear and shield decorated with a horseman.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: R/V/CONOB – Victory standing left, holding long voided cross. 474-475 (Ravenna).



RIC 3243 Solidus Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG – Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holding spear and shield decorated with a horseman.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: R/V/CONOB – Victory standing left, holding long voided cross. 477-480 (Ravenna). $16,000 1/13/03.


AU Tremissis


RIC 3211, Depeyrot 40/1 Tremissis Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG – Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: No legend Exe: COMOB – Cross within wreath. 474-475 (Ravenna). $2,600 1/13/03.



RIC 3214, Depeyrot 40/1 Tremissis Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG – Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: No legend Exe: COMOB – Cross within wreath.



RIC 3221, Lacam 85 Tremissis Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG – Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: No legend Exe: COMOB – Cross within wreath.



RIC 3241 Tremissis Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG – Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: No legend Exe: COMOB – Cross within wreath.


AR Siliqua


RIC 3216, C 15 Half Siliqua Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG – Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: No legend – Ravenna standing left, holding scpeter and cornucopia with foot resting on prow. $1,387 11/22/00.


AE3


RIC 3222 AE3 Obv: DNIVLNEPOSPFAVG – Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: No legend – Wreath, monogram within. $257 3/23/04.


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