Numismatik Naumann

Auction 143  –  4 - 5 August 2024

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Numismatik Naumann, Auction 143

Ancient and World Coins

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★ Justa Grata Honoria ★

JUSTA GRATA HONORIA (Augusta, 426-450). GOLD Solidus. Ravenna.

Obv: D N IVST GRAT HONORIA P F AVG.
Diademed and draped bust right, wearing earring and necklace; being crowned by manus Dei above.
Rev: BONO REI PVBLICAE / R - V / COMOB.
Victory standing left, holding long jewelled cross; star to upper left.

RIC 2022; Ranieri 87; Depeyrot 15/1.

Very rare. Justa Grata Honoria was the first daughter of Galla Placidia and Flavius Constantius, elder sister of Valentinian III, and was given the title of Augusta probably in 426. In 449, with her husband Eugenius, she attempted to overthrow her brother but the plot was unraveled and Eugenius was put to death. Honoria then offered herself in marriage to Attila. The king of the Huns accepted the marriage proposal and demanded half of the Western Empire as dowry, but Valentinian refused, although Theodosius II was in favor. Honoria had her life saved through the intercession of Galla Placidia, but she was forced to go into exile and marry the senator Bassus Herculanus. Her portrait is known only through the very rare gold coins (Aurei and Tremissis) minted in Ravenna.

Condition: Near extremely fine.

Weight: 4.50 g.
Diameter: 21 mm.

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