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Hanniballianus, Rex Regum, 337 A.D.

In 335, Hannibalianus, Constantine the Great's nephew, married his cousin, Constantine's elder daughter, Constantina, and was made nobilissimus. Hannibalianus was named rex regum et Ponticarum gentium (King of the Pontic Land and Peoples) in early 337. It was Constantine's intention to put Hannibalianus on the Pontic throne, after the defeat of the Sassanid Persians. However, the Persian campaign did not take place, because Constantine died in May 337. Later in 337, Hannibalianus, Dalmatius and many other male relatives, were murdered at the behest of one or all of Constantine's sons (though they denied it). Hannibalianus was the Roman king who never actually ruled any territory.


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Hannibalianus, the nephew of Constantine I, was named rex regum et Ponticarum gentium (King of the Pontic Land and Peoples) in early 337. He was to take the place the pro-Roman King Tigranes of Armenia, who had recently been ousted by the Persian King Shapur II. Constantine, however, died on 22 May, before retaking Armenia. Later in 337, Hannibalianus, Dalmatius and many other male relatives, were murdered at the behest of one or all of Constantine's sons (though they denied it). Hannibalianus was the Roman king who never actually ruled any territory.
SH70119. Bronze AE4, RIC VII Constantinople 147, F, nice green patina, well centered, weight 1.462 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 336 - 337 A.D; obverse FL HANNIBALLIANO REGI, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS PVBLICA, Euphrates reclining right, leaning on scepter behind, overturned urn at his side, reed in the background behind legs, CONSS in ex; ex Victor's Imperial Coins; rare (R2); $330.00 SALE PRICE $297.00


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Hannibalianus, the nephew of Constantine I, was named rex regum et Ponticarum gentium (King of the Pontic Land and Peoples) in early 337. He was to take the place the pro-Roman King Tigranes of Armenia, who had recently been ousted by the Persian King Shapur II. Constantine, however, died on 22 May, before retaking Armenia. Later in 337, Hannibalianus, Dalmatius and many other male relatives, were murdered at the behest of one or all of Constantine?s sons (though they denied it). Hannibalianus was the Roman king who never actually ruled any territory.
SH04892. Bronze AE4, RIC VII Constantinople 147, Choice gVF+, weight 1.76 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 336 - 337 A.D; obverse FL HANNIBALLIANO REGI, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS PVBLICA, Euphrates reclining right leaning on scepter, urn at his side, reed behind, CONSS in ex; rare (R2), extremely rare in this condition and quality; SOLD


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This coin is extremely rare because of the legend break on the reverse. Almost all examples break after SE. This example breaks between the V and the R in SECVRITAS. This variant is likely limited to a single reverse die.
SH32720. Bronze AE 4, RIC VII Constantinople 147 - 148 var (legend break), VF, weight 1.397 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 336 - 337 A.D; obverse FL HANNIBALLIANO REGI, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECV-RITAS PVBLICA, Euphrates reclining right leaning on scepter, urn at his side, reed behind, CONSS in ex; nice patina; extremely rare; SOLD










OBVERSE LEGENDS

FLANNIBALIANOREGI
FLHANNIBALLIANOREGI


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).
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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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