Coin Catalogue

Eugenius 392 – 394 A.D.

After the death of Valentinian II followed one of the most embarrassing low-points in Roman history. Italy and what was left of the Roman empire was left leaderless. The barbarian warlord Arbogast wielded power but was unable to call himself the emperor because to do so would have been an outrage so scandalous that it would likely throw the entire empire into complete turmoil. Thus evaluating his response over what to do next, a period that lasted over a year, he decided to name Eugenius the emperor. Needless to say, Eugenius served merely as a figurehead for Arbogast’s desires. To the end of making it all seem legitimate, he sent a series of diplomats to the court of Theodosius in hopes of gaining Eugenius the East’s blessing. Theodosius prepared an army instead and eventually the two met in battle. When the dust settled, Eugenius was dead and Arbogast fled the scene, reportedly committing suicide. This left Theodosius himself as emperor of the entire empire; this being the last such time this would happen.

Eugenius himself was apparently a scholar and respected former government administrator. He might have found favor with Theodosius had his pedigree not been tainted with Arbogast’s role and had he not shown inclinations to favor paganism instead of Christianity. He is reported to have meant to turn the church in Mediolanum (Milan) into a stable for Arbogast’s horses! This anecdote, however, might be but propaganda from the enemies of Eugenius.




AU Solidus


RIC 28 (Mediolanum), C 6 Solidus Obv: DNEVGENIVSPFAVG – Diademed (pearls), draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG Exe: M/D/COM – Eugenius and Theodosius I seated, facing, together holding globe; between them, Victory above and palm below. 393-394 (Mediolanum). $8,000 1/13/03.



RIC 45 (Lugdunum), C 6 Solidus Obv: DNEVGENIVSPFAVG – Diademed (pearls), draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG Exe: L/D/COM – Eugenius and Theodosius I seated, facing, together holding globe; between them, Victory above and palm below. 392-394 (Lugdunum). $15,209 12/5/02.




AU Tremissis


RIC 103 (Trier), C 10 Tremissis Obv: DNEVGENIVSPFAVG – Diademed (pearls), draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGVSTORVM Exe: T/R/COM – Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. 392-394 (Treveri).




AR Miliarense


RIC 104, C 2 Light Miliarense Obv: DNEVGENIVSPFAVG – Diademed (pearls), draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM Exe: TRPS – Eugenius standing left, holding labarum and resting hand on shield. $3,193 5/27/02.




AR Siliqua


RIC 32c (Mediolanum), C 14b Siliqua Obv: DNEVGENIVSPFAVG – Diademed (pearls), draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSROMANORVM Exe: MDPS – Roma seated left, holding Victory on globe and spear. $750 4/1/01.



RIC 46 (Lugdunum), Hunter 7, C 18a Siliqua Obv: DNEVGENIVSPFAVG – Diademed (pearls), draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VRBSROMA Exe: LVGPS – Roma seated left, holding Victory on globe and spear. 392-394 (Lugdunum). $950 1/12/2004.



RIC 106d (Trier), C 14a Siliqua Obv: DNEVGENIVSPFAVG – Diademed (pearls), draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSROMANORVM Exe: TRPS – Roma seated left, holding Victory on globe and spear. 393-394 (Treveri).




AE4


RIC 30f (Arelate), C 8 AE4 Obv: DNEVGENIVSPFAVG – Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: CON – Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. (Arelate).



RIC 59 (Aquileia), LRBC 1108 AE4 Obv: DNEVGENIVSPFAVG – Diademed, draped and cuirassed and bearded bust right.
Rev: SPESROMANORVM Exe: AQ – Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. $358 9/19/01.


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