Arcadius              383 - 408 A.D.


Arcadius was given the title of Augustus when only six years of age. After his father Theodosius died in 395 he and his brother Honorius remained the only emperors, Arcadius being the emperor in the eastern half. It seems he spent his whole life ineffectually trying to rid himself of one regent after another who wielded the true power. Even his wife Eudoxia has more on record for being politically active and influential than he and, as a result, little of what he personally desired came through amid all the background noise. He died in his early 30's of unknown causes.


AE2 383--408 A.D.


22 mm.

Obv. DN ARCADIVS PF AVG: Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right

Rev. GLORIA ROMANORVM: Emperor standing, head right, holding standard and globe

Van Meter 25

AE3 383--408 A.D.


16 mm.

Obv. DN ARCADIVS PF AVG: Laureate and draped bust, right

Rev. GLORIA ROMANORVM: Emperor on hoseback right

S. 4232, Van Meter 31

Obv. DN ARCADIVS PF AV G: Diademed and draped head right

Rev. VIRTVS EXERCITI: Emperor standing head right.holding spear and shield,

being crowned by Victory

VanMeter 35

AE2 383--408 A.D.


24 mm.

Obv. DN ARCADIVS PF AVG: Diademed, draped, and cuiassed bust right, a hand holding

a wreath above the head, symbolic of divine empowerment

Rev. GLORIA ROMANORVM: Emperor standing head left, holding standard and shield, a

captive kneeling in the left field, above whom is a Cross

Van Meter 24v.