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Procopius – 365-366 AD

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365-366 AD

Relative of Julian II

Procopius was related to Julian II, most likely on his maternal side. Procopius was born in Cilicia to a wealthy family. He became an imperial secretary and tribune. When Julian became Emperor in 361 AD, Procopius was raised to the rank of Comes and served as a general under Julian II. Procopius was perhaps named Julian’s successor, but the leading generals who hailed Jovian as Emperor did not consider him. Procopius chose not to pursue his claim and initially retired to private life following Julian’s death.

Ironically, when Valens came to the throne in the East, he did not believe that Procopius would remain in private life. As a result, Procopius was forced into hiding. He later returned to Constantinople in 365 AD upon discontent with Valens. The local military units there proclaimed him Emperor on September 28th. Valens quickly assembled his supporters, and on May 27, 366, after a brief reign of about eight months, Procopius was put to death.

Monetary System

Procopius AV Solidus

Mints: Constantinople, Cyzicus, Nicomedia

Obverse Legends:



Procopius Denominations 1024x346

AU Solidus (4.50 grams)
AR Siliqua (3.25 grams)
AE1(restored follis) (Rare)
AE2 (Rare)

Procopius AE3 Head left head right numis
AE3 (head left)
AE3 (head right)

Becker Forgery

Procopius Becker Forgery

Monetary History of the World
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