About This Artwork

Byzantine, minted in Constantinople

Solidus (Coin) of Theodosius I, A.D. 383 (25 August)-388 (28 August)

Gold
Diam. 2.1 cm; 4.50 g
OB: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG
"Our Lord Theodosius, pious and fortunate Augustus"
REV: CONCORDIA AVGGG I
(In exergue: CONOB)

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson, 1922.4904

In 380, Theodosius (r. 379–95) proclaimed Christianity as the official religion of the Empire. This coin, however, stands true to numismatic tradition; a personification of Fortune appears on the back of his coin.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

Alexander, Karen B. 2012. "From Plaster to Stone: Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago." in Recasting the Past: Collecting and Presenting Antiquities at the Art Institute of Chicago, by Karen Manchester, p.29. Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press.

Manchester, Karen. 2012. Recasting the Past: Collecting and Presenting Antiquities at the Art Institute of Chicago, pp.104-106(cat.26), 114. Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press.




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