Reproduction Solidus

The solidus, the Latin word for solid, was originally a gold coin issued by the Romans. It was first introduced by Diocletian around 301 AD, with an initial value equal to 1,000 denarii. However, Diocletian's solidus was struck only in small quantities, and thus had only minimal economic effect.

The solidus was reintroduced by Constantine I in 312 AD, permanently replacing the aureus as the gold coin of the Roman Empire. The solidus was struck at a rate of 72 to a Roman pound of pure gold. By this time, the solidus was worth 275,000 increasingly debased denarii.

The solidus was maintained essentially unaltered in weight and purity until the 10th century, though in the Greek-speaking world during the Roman period and then in the Byzantine economy it was known as the nomisma (plural nomismata).

Our reproduction and replica Solidus coins include Solidi of Constantius II, Valentinian I, Avitus and Anastasius I.


Solidus of Constantius II - Roma

Solidus of Constantius II - Roma

Obverse: Helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust of Constantius II, holding spear over righ..

£4.50

Solidus of Valentinian I - Valens

Solidus of Valentinian I - Valens

Obverse: Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valentinian I facing right. Text around D N ..

£4.50

Solidus of Avitus - Captive

Solidus of Avitus - Captive

Obverse: The diademed (rosettes), draped and cuirassed bust right of Avitus. Text around D N AVITVS ..

£5.00

Solidus of Anthemius - Leo I

Solidus of Anthemius - Leo I

Obverse: Helmeted pearl-diademed and cuirassed bust of Anthemius ¾ facing to right, with spear held ..

£4.00

Solidus of Anastasius I - Victory

Solidus of Anastasius I - Victory

Obverse: Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius I ¾ facing to right, with spear held in right han..

£4.00

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