The wife of Valentinian III and, after her husband was killed, Petronius Maximus. Petronius forced Licinia to marry him or choose death just after orchestrating the murder of Valentinian. For this outrage she never forgave him. In fact, she made an appeal to Gaiseric of the Vandals and all of the Roman empire was to suffer for her vengeance. Gaiseric sailed off from his homebase in Africa and plundered Rome and its few remaining cities. Licinia was carried off as part of the loot but was later returned to the emperor Leo in Constantinople where she lived for the remainder of her life.
RIC 264 (Theodosius II), Depeyrot 81/5 Solidus Obv: AELEVDOXIAAVG – Diademed, draped bust right, crowned by Hand of God.
Rev: VOT/XXX/MVLT/XXXX Exe: /CONOB – Constantinopolis seated left, holding cross on globe and scepter; shield behind. c.439-440 (Constantinopolis). $5,000 1/13/03.
RIC 2046v (Valentinian III), C 2 Solidus Obv: LICINIAEVDOXIAPFAVG – Facing bust wearing trabea crossed over stola, pearl necklace and diadem of pearls surmounted by central jewel.
Rev: VOTXXXMVLTXXXX Exe: R/M/COMOB – Licinia Eudoxia and Valentinian III standing, facing; she holds scepter, he holds mappa and scepter. [RIC lists Valentinian holding a cross-tipped scepter in left hand]. January 455 (Rome). $33,949 12/5/02.
Unlisted Solidus Obv: DNELIAEVDOXIAPFAVG – Diademed, draped bust right, crowned by Hand of God.
Rev: SALVSREIPVBLICAE Exe: R/V/COMOB – Victory standing left, holding jeweled cross. 437-439 (Ravenna).
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