Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.
Flavius Julius Crispus was the son of Constantine I by his first wife. A brilliant soldier, Crispus was well loved by all until 326 A.D., when Constantine had him executed. It is said that Fausta, Crispus stepmother, anxious to secure the succession for her own sons falsely accused Crispus of raping her. Constantine, learning of Fausta's treachery, had her executed too.
On 3 July 324, at Adrianople, Constantine defeated Licinius forcing him to retreat to Byzantium. Crispus destroyed Licinius' fleet at the Battle of Hellespont in the Dardanelles, allowing his father to cross over the Bosporus and besiege Licinius. On 18 September, Constantine I decisively defeated Licinius at the Battle of Chrysopolis and became sole emperor.RL90682. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII London 281, Cohen VII 28, SRCV IV 16726, Choice EF, green patina, perfect centering, small die break on reverse at 8:00, weight 4.026 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Londinium (London, England) mint, 323 - 324 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOBIL C, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield; reverse BEAT TRANQLITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT/IS / XX in three lines, three stars above, PLON in exergue; scarce; $220.00 (€191.40)
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
David Sear notes, "a previously unpublished variant of the series listed by Bastien (Le Monnayage de l'Atelier de Lyon) on pages 163 and 164, numbers 155-6 and 159-61 (cf. RIC vii, p. 134, 202-4)...good F, rare and interesting as an unpublished obverse variant."RL70838. Billon centenionalis, unpublished obverse variant; cf. Bastien Lyon XIII, 155-6 and 159-61; RIC VII Lyons 202 - 204, gF, weight 3.451 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, as Caesar, 322 - 323 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust left, spear pointed forward in right, shield in left; reverse BEAT TRAN-Q-LITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT/IS / XX in three lines, three stars above, PLG in ex; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; $200.00 (€174.00)
On 1 March 317, Constantine and Licinius elevated their sons Crispus, Constantine II (still a baby) and Licinius II to Caesars. After this arrangement Constantine ruled the dioceses Pannonia and Macedonia, and established his residence at Sirmium, from where he prepared a campaign against the Goths and Sarmatians.RB90717. Billon reduced follis, RIC VII Trier 141, SRCV IV 16692, Cohen VII 99, Choice EF, well struck and centered on a broad flan, sharp detail, areas of light corrosion, weight 3.703 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 1 Mar - end 317 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse PRINCIPIA IVVENTVTIS, Crispus advancing right, in military dress, transverse spear in right hand, globe in left, T - F across field, BTR in exergue; $150.00 (€130.50)
The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows of the Roman people."RB90719. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII London 174(a) (R4), SRCV IV 16824, Cohen VII 152, aEF, bold strike, tops of letters left side of reverse legend off flan, slight porosity, weight 2.792 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Londinium (London, England) mint, 319 - 321 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories holding shield inscribed VOT P R set on altar decorated with wreath, PLN in exergue; rare; $140.00 (€121.80)
Crispus established his residence in Augusta Treverorum (modern Trier), the capital of Germania.
RL72439. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 440, SRCV IV 16760, Cohen VII 44, Choice EF, a near perfect strike, weight 3.657 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 323 - 324 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate head right, bare right shoulder seen from behind; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT X in wreath, PTR crescent in exergue; ex Timeline Auctions 17 Mar 2012, lot 169; $90.00 (€78.30)
In 320, Crispus, the eldest son of Constantine I, led a victorious campaign against the Franks, assuring twenty years of peace along the Rhine frontier. He established his residence in Augusta Treverorum (modern Trier), the capital of Germania.RL73840. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Thessalonica 118, SRCV IV 16758, Cohen VII 35, Choice VF, weight 3.249 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 320 - 321 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT X in two lines within wreath decorated at the top with a star, TS∆VI in exergue; $65.00 (€56.55)
Crispus established his residence in Augusta Treverorum (modern Trier), the capital of Germania.RL71427. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 308, SRCV IV 16728, Cohen VII 21, aVF, weight 3.005 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 321 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust left, spear pointed forward in right, shield on left arm; reverse BEATA TRANQVILLITAS, altar inscribed VOT/IS / XX surmounted by globe, three stars above, STR in exergue; $50.00 (€43.50)
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