Relative of Julian II
Procopius was related to Julian II most likely on his maternal side. Procopius was born at 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 as Julian’s successor, but he was not considered by the leading generals who hailed Jovian as Emperor. Procopius apparently 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 8 months, Procopius was put to death.
Mints: Constantinople, Cyzicus, Nicomedia
D N PROCOPIVS P F AVG
AU Solidus (4.50 grams)
AR Siliqua (3.25 grams)