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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, a nephew of Constantine, was named rex regum et Ponticarum gentium (King of the Pontic Land and Peoples) in early 337. He was to take the place of the pro-Roman King Tigranes of Armenia, who had just been ousted by the Persian Shapur II. Later in 337, after Constantine died without retaking Armenia, Constantine's sons had Hannibalianus murdered. He never actually ruled.
RL77120. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 147 (R2), LRBC I 1034, SRCV IV 16905, Cohen VII 2, VF, well centered, grainy and porous, weight 1.618 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 336 - 337 A.D; obverse FL HANNIBALLIANO REGI, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SE-CVRITAS PVBLICA, Euphrates reclining right, leaning on scepter, urn at his side, reed behind, CONSS in exergue; rare; $220.00 (€195.80)
 


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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. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 147 (R2), LRBC I 1034, SRCV IV 16905, Cohen VII 2, Choice gVF+, weight 1.76 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, 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 exergue; rare; SOLD


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This coin is extremely rare because of the legend break on the reverse. Almost all examples break after SE or SEC. This example breaks between the V and the R in SECVRITAS. This variant is likely limited to a single reverse die.
SH32720. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 148 (R5) var. (rev. legend break), LRBC I 1036 var. (same), SRCV IV 16905, Cohen VII 2, VF, nice patina, weight 1.397 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, 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 exergue; extremely rare; SOLD










OBVERSE LEGENDS

FLANNIBALIANOREGI
FLHANNIBALLIANOREGI


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