The Late Empire
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The End of the Western Empire

A long line of Ursupators in the West, and the East can't or won't help....

Marcianus ( 450-457 AD), Eastern Empire, Siliqua and Solidus

Petronius Maximus, 455 AD, Western Empire, Solidus


Avitus (455-456 AD), Western Empire, Solidus, to the left a Halfcentenionalis


Leo I ( 457-474 AD), Eastern Empire, Miliarense, Solidus

Leo I and Patricius (?), son of Aspar, Magister Militum, 470-471

Leo II and Zeno (474 AD), Eastern Empire, Solidus & Tremissis


Majorianus (457-461 AD), Western Empire, Halfsiliqua


Libius Severus III (461-465 AD), Western Empire, Halfsiliqua and Tremissis


Anthemius, 467-472, Western Empire, Solidus , below Semissis and Tremissis


Olybrius, 472 AD, Western Empire, Solidus

Glycerius, 473 / 474 AD, Western Empire, Solidus


Julius Nepos (474-480 AD)  Western Empire, Halfsiliqua and Solidus 

Julis Nepos was driven out of Rome to Ravenna, and later 475 into Dalmatia by his own military commander Orestes, father of the ursupator Romulus. Julius Nepos stayed in exile until the removal of Romulus by Odovacar, who sent Romulus' imperial insignia to Constantinopolis to Zeno.
Julius Nepos second reign followed with coins issued in his and Zeno's name in ie Milano, Rome, Ravenna, cut short by his assassination in 480 AD. This makes Julius Nepos the last emperor of the Western empire. Romulus  (end Oct 475- late August 476) was technically only an usurpator, however the parallel usurpator of the East Basiliscus (brother of emperor Leo's wife Verina, emperor Jan 475 - Aug 476) seems to have recognized him as emperor.


A coin minted during the first Reign and one of the second Reign (after the removal of Romulus) of Julius Nepos, both from Ravenna


Romulus Augustus, called Augustulus,  475/476 AD, Solidus

 Romulus Augustus (called Augustulus), was sent to an early retirement by the Germanic mercenary Odovacar.

The Western Roman throne remained vacant after the assassination of Julius Nepos in 480 AD.  

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