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Home>Catalog>RomanCoins>ConstantinianEra>Delmatius
Delmatius, Caesar 18 September 335 - mid 337 A.D.

Flavius Julius Delmatius was made caesar by his uncle Constantine the Great and tasked with governing Thrace and Macedonia. After his uncle's death, Delmatius along with a number of his relatives and many Roman officials were murdered or executed. One or all of Constantine's sons, the three Augusti, undoubtedly ordered the killings but all denied responsibility for the purge.


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Siscia, a chief town and colony of Pannonia, was located at confluence of the Colapis and Savus, and is now called Sisak, Croatia. The mint master was called procurator monetae Siscianae. Dates of operation: 260 - c. 390. Mintmarks: S, SIS, SISC, SISCPS.
SH26928. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 256, LRBC I 758, SRCV IV 16894, superb EF, weight 1.564 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 335 - 336 A.D.; obverse FL DELMATIVS NOB C, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking a standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, BSIS in exergue; SOLD


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The Christogram, a ligature of Chi and Rho, the first two letters of Christ in Greek, was one of the earliest symbols for Christianity.
RL82456. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Arles 398 (R3), LRBC I 402, SRCV IV 16888, Cohen VII 9, aEF, nice green patina, large Chi-Rho, weight 1.344 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantina (Arles, France) mint, 336 A.D.; obverse FL DELMATIVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking labarum (chi-rho Christogram standard) in center, heads confronted, each holds spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on shield, SCONST in exergue; rare; SOLD


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In 337 A.D., Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans succeeded their father Constantine I and ruled as co-emperors. The Roman Empire was divided between the three Augusti. A number of descendants of Constantius Chlorus, including the caesar Delmatius, as well as officials of the Roman Empire, were executed. The three Augusti denied responsibility for the purge.
RLA1110. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 132, LRBC I 1269, SRCV IV 16900, Cohen VII 8, about uncirculated, sharp, weight 1.78 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 336 - mid 337 A.D.; obverse FL DELMATIVS NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking a standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMKE in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD



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OBVERSE LEGENDS

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REFERENCES

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Carson, R., P. Hill & J. Kent. Late Roman Bronze Coinage. (London, 1960).
Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 7: Carausius to Constantine & sons. (Paris, 1888).
Depeyrot, G. Les monnaies d'or de Dioclétien a Constantin I (284 - 337). (Wetteren, 1995).
Failmezger, V. Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism to Christianity, 294 - 364 A.D. (Washington D.C., 2002).
Milchev, S. The Coins of Constantine the Great. (Sophia, 2007).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume IV: The Tetrarchies and the Rise of the House of Constantine: The Collapse of Paganism and the Triumph of Christianity, Diocletian To Constantine I, AD 284 - 337. (London, 211).
Voetter, O. Die Miinzen der romischen Kaiser, Kaiserinnen und Caesaren von Diocletianus bis Romulus: Katalog der Sammlung Paul Gerin. (Vienna, 1921).

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