Identification and Creation
Object Number
2011.1.3
People
Marcian, Roman (r. 450 -457 CE)
Title
Solidus of Marcian, Constantinople
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
450-457
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/336386
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.46g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
solidus
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: DN MARCIA-NVS PF AV
  • Reverse Inscription: VICTORI-A AVGGG Z
Provenance
Jane Ayer Scott, Newton MA (-2008), by inheritance; to her husband Wellington F. Scott III, (2008-2010), gift; to The Harvard Art Museums, 2010.

There is no further information available about where Jane Scott purchased the coin. Byzantine coins, even gold solidi, were struck by the millions and circulated widely in the Byzantine Empire from Spain, Italy to Greece, Bulgaria, the Balkans, Israel, Turkey and Syria.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
RIC X, 510, p. 279; LRC 481
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Wellington F. Scott III in memory of Jane Ayer Scott
Accession Year
2011
Object Number
2011.1.3
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obverse: Helmeted bust, pearl-diademed, cuirassed, spear in r. hand held over r. shoulder behind head, on l. arm shield decorated with horseman spearing down enemy.
Reverse: Victory standing to l., supporting long jewelled cross; star in r. field. Officina (Z) at end of legend; CONOB in exergue.

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