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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.


Click for a larger photo In 325, Constantine I personally assured the security of the Danube frontier by defeating the Goths, the Vandals, and the Sarmatians.
RL68283. Silvered AE 3, RIC VII Sirmium 49, aEF, perfect centering, some silvering, cleaning scratches, weight 3.112 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) mint, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse ALAMANNIA DEVICTA, Victory advancing left, trophy in right, palm frond in left, left foot on bound captive seated right at feet on right, •SIRM• in ex; $135.00 (€101.25)

Click for a larger photo On 1 March 317, Constantine the Great and co-emperor Licinius elevated their sons Crispus, Constantine II (still an 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.
RL66602. Bronze AE 3, RIC VII Arles 132, VF, weight 3.169 g, maximum diameter 17.22 mm, die axis 180o, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, 317 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAESAR, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PRINCIPIA IVVENTVTIS, soldier standing right, spear vertical behind in right, shield on ground in left, R - S across fields, QARL in ex; rare; $125.00 (€93.75)

Click for a larger photo In 319, Constantine prohibited the separation of the families of slaves during a change in ownership.
RL66909. Silvered AE 3, RIC VII Thessalonica 36, SRCV IV 16859, VF, weight 1.664 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 318 - 319 A.D.; obverse D N FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOT V / MVLT X / CAESS / TS•E• in wreath; scarce; $110.00 (€82.50)

Click for a larger photo From a commemorative issue for the 15th Anniversary of the reign of Constantine I.
RL69169. Bronze AE 3, RIC VII Rome 152, VF/F, weight 2.940 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Roma (Rome, Italy) mint, 318 - 319 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust left, spear pointed forward in right, shield in left; reverse ROMAE AETERNAE, Roma seated right, shield at side of seat, helmeted and draped, holding shield inscribed X/V on her lap, P - R flanking across field, RQ(?) in ex; rare; $110.00 (€82.50)

Click for a larger photo On 1 March 317, Constantine the Great and co-emperor Licinius elevated their sons Crispus, Constantine II (still an 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.
RL66910. Bronze AE 2, RIC VII Thessalonica 20, Cohen 109, VF, weight 3.454 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 317 - 318 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOBILISSIMVS CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PRINCIPIA IVVENTVTIS (In honor of the Prince of Youth), Crispus standing facing in military garb, head right, spear vertical in right hand, left hand on grounded shield, •TS•∆• in ex; very rare (RIC R4); $95.00 (€71.25)

Click for a larger photo 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.
RL67629. Silvered AE 3, RIC VII Cyzicus 10, Choice VF, weight 2.873 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 317 - 320 A.D.; obverse D N FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate bust left in consular robe, globe and scepter over shoulder in left, mappa in right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI CAESS, Jupiter standing left, Victory on globe in right hand, scepter in left, wreath in left field, Γ right, SMK in exergue; $95.00 (€71.25)

Click for a larger photo On 1 March 317, Constantine the Great and co-emperor Licinius elevated their sons Crispus, Constantine II (still an 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.
RL63954. Bronze AE 2, RIC VII Thessalonica 20, Cohen 109, F, weight 2.691 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 317 - 318 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOBILISSIMVS CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PRINCIPIA IVVENTVTIS (In honor of the Prince of Youth), Crispus standing facing in military garb, head right, spear vertical in right hand, left hand on grounded shield, •TS•E• in ex; very rare (RIC R4); $90.00 (€67.50)

Click for a larger photo On 19 Dec 324, Licinius abdicated his position as Emperor. He was pardoned by Constantine I as a result of the supplication of his wife Constantia (who was Constantine's half-sister) and banished to Thessalonica as a private citizen. The next year Licinius was executed on the charge of conspiring, and raising troops against the emperor.
RL56750. Bronze AE 3, RIC VII London 250, VF, weight 3.187 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Londinium (London, England) mint, 323 - 324 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOBIL C, laureate and cuirassed bust left holding spear and shield; reverse BEAT TRA-NQLITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT/IS / XX in three lines, F-B across fields, three stars above, PLON in ex; $80.00 (€60.00)

Click for a larger photo In 320, Crispus, the eldest son of Constantine the Great, 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.
RL56757. Bronze AE 3, RIC VII Aquileia 69, VF, weight 3.021 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Aquileia mint, 320 - 321 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT V in wreath, AQT in ex; rare (RIC R3); $70.00 (€52.50)

Click for a larger photo This obverse legend is unusual and rare.
RL62716. Bronze AE 3, RIC VII Lyon 75, gVF, weight 2.645 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 319 - 320 A.D.; obverse D N CRISPO NOB CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories holding shield inscribed VOT P R on altar, two captives in ex; nice dark patina; rare (R4); $65.00 (€48.75)



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Obverse legends:

CRISPVSCAESAR
CRISPVSNOBCAES
CRISPVSNOBILC
CRISPVSNOBILCAES
CRISPVSNOBILISSCAES
DNCRISPONOBCAES

DNCRISPVSNOBCAESAR
DNFLIVLCRISPVSNOBCAES
FLIVLCRISPVSNOBC
FLIVLCRISPVSNOBCAES
IVLCRISPVSNOBC
IVLCRISPVSNOBCAES



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