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1 ½ solidi of Gratian

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  • Highlights - Coins and Medals

c. 376
Trier
Gold

currently not on display

This gold coin belonged to the fabulous hoard of Machtum that sank in the Moselle in 375 A.D., which consisted of more than a hundred Roman gold coins and precious medallions of remarkable size. Dispersed among private collectors and in international auctions, certain coins have been acquired by the coin cabinet of Luxembourg.

This exceptional set is undoubtedly the result of a largitio, a ceremony of the imperial court in Trier during which the emperor himself offered precious metal gifts to senior civil servants and military officials. These imperial gifts, donativa, had great material and symbolic value.