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Roman coins of the Constantinian Era

Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

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In 326 A.D., Constantine the great reorganized the Roman army into smaller units classified into three grades: palatini, (imperial escort armies); comitatenses, (forces based in frontier provinces) and limitanei (auxilia border troops).
RL86625. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 20 (also 2nd officina), RIC VII Trier 479, LRBC I 33, SRCV V 17216, Cohen VII 165, choice aEF, excellent centering, some of the obverse legend not fully struck, light bumps and marks, weight 3.104 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, as caesar, 326 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with two turrets, two upper rows of masonry larger, star above, STR and pellet within crescent in exergue; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


City of Rome Commemorative, 333 - 334 A.D.

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In Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus were the twin sons of the Vestal Virgin Rhea Silvia, fathered by the god of war, Mars. They were abandoned in the Tiber as infants. Faustulus, a shepherd, found the infants being suckled by the she-wolf (Lupa) at the foot of the Palatine Hill. Their cradle, in which they had been abandoned, was on the shore overturned under a fig tree. Faustulus and his wife, Acca Larentia, raised the children. Romulus was the first King of Rome.
RL82746. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 553, LRBC I 76, SRCV IV 16489, Cohen VII 17, Hunter V -, EF, tight flan, reverse die crack, weight 2.194 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 333 - 334 A.D.; obverse VRBS ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma left wearing imperial mantle; reverse she-wolf standing left, head turned back right, suckling the infant twins Romulus and Remus, two stars and wreath above, TRS in exergue; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


Jovian, 27 June 363 - 17 February 364 A.D.

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VOT V MVLT X abbreviates Votis Quinquennalibus Multis Decennalibus. Earlier in the empire, this inscription would have meant that Julian had completed his vows (prayers) to thank the gods on the fifth anniversary of his rule, and made more vows to the gods that they might help him achieve his tenth anniversary. Jovian ruled less than one year. This votive inscription clearly expressed hope for the future rather than an advertisement of current events.
RL86649. Bronze centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea 110 (S), LRBC II 1913, Cohen VIII 34, SRCV V 19231, VF, well centered on a tight flan, porous, light scratches, edge cracks, weight 2.772 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 27 Jun 363 - 17 Feb 364 A.D.; obverse D N IOVIANVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse VOT V MVLT X within wreath, jewel at the top, tied at the bottom, HERACA in exergue; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Triton VIII (10 Jan 2005), part of lot 2095; scarce; $95.00 SALE PRICE $85.50


Jovian, 27 June 363 - 17 February 364 A.D.

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From the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Triton VIII (10 Jan 2005), part of lot 2095.

In 363, the Council of Laodicea, which deals with constricting the conduct of church members, is held. The major canon approved by this council is Canon 29, which prohibits resting on the Sabbath (Saturday), restricting Christians to honoring the Lord on Sunday.
RL86657. Bronze centenionalis, RIC VIII Siscia 426, LRBC II 1267, SRCV V 19228, Cohen VIII 35, VF, well centered on a tight flan cutting off mintmark, edge a bit ragged, weight 2.857 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 27 Jun 363 - 17 Feb 364 A.D.; obverse D N IOVIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOT / V / MVLT / X, in four lines within wreath with jewel at the top and tied at the bottom, BSISC in exergue; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Triton VIII (10 Jan 2005), part of lot 2095; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Magnentius, 18 January 350 - 10 August 353 A.D.

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Strabo wrote, "The Romans possess Lugdunum, founded below a ridge at the confluence of the Arar and the Rhone. It is the most populous of all the other cities except Narbo; for it is a center of commerce, and the Roman emperors strike their silver and gold coinage there." (4.3.2). Dates of operation: 15 B.C. - c. 90 A.D., 195 - 196, and c. 254 - 423. Mintmarks: LG, LVG
RT85637. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Lyons 126, LRBC II 221, Bastien Lyon 174, SRCV V 18820, Hunter V 43 var. (pellet above SV), EF, dark toned silvered surfaces, well centered on a tight flan, die wear, tiny edge chip, slightest porosity, weight 5.201 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 18 Jan 350 - 351 A.D.; obverse D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAE (victories of our lords, Emperor and Caesar), two Victories holding wreath containing VOT V MVLT X, SV below, RPLG in exergue; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D., Issued by Vetranio

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In 312 A.D., Constantine dreamed he saw a Christogram in the sky and heard the words IN HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, meaning in Latin "In this sign, you will be the victor." He ordered the sign of Christ on his legions standards and shields. He won a great victory and later became the first Christian Roman Emperor.
RL85661. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 286 (S), LRBC II 1173, Voetter 51, SRCV V 18203, aEF, well centered, light encrustations, edge flaw, weight 5.475 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issued by Vetranio, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind (appearing as H, as common in this period), star before; reverse HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, Constantius standing facing head left, holding labarum (Chi Rho Christogram standard) and spear, Victory right crowning him, A left (appearing as H), ESIS in exergue; scarce; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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In 331 A.D., Constantine I vigorously promoted Christianity, confiscating the property and valuables of a number of pagan temples throughout the Empire.
RL79166. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 526 (S), LRBC I 54, SRCV IV 16334, Cohen VII 254, EF, mint luster, die wear, weight 2.540 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 330 - 331 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, TRP in exergue; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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On 8 October 314, Constantine the Great defeated Licinius in the Battle of Cibalae, near Colonia Aurelia Cibalae (modern Vinkovci, Croatia). Licinius lost all of the Balkans except for Thrace and fled to Sirmium. Peace negotiations were initiated, but unsuccessful.
RL86258. Billon follis, Hunter V 180 (also 2nd officina), RIC VII Rome 19, SRCV IV 16096, Cohen VII 536, VF, well centered, some silvering, weak centers, scratches, some porosity, tiny encrustations, weight 3.103 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, 314 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SOLI INVICTO COMITI (to the unconquered Sun, minister [of the Emperor]), Sol standing slightly left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, R - F flanking at sides, R*S in exergue; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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Jupiter or Jove, Zeus to the Greeks, was the king of the gods and god of the sky and thunder, and of laws and social order. As the patron deity of ancient Rome, he was the chief god of the Capitoline Triad, with his sister and wife Juno. The father of Mars, he is, therefore, the grandfather of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. Emperors frequently made vows to Jupiter for protection. The Roman's believed as the king of the gods, Jupiter favored those in positions of authority similar to his own.
RT85649. Billon follis, RIC VII Siscia 15 (R2), SRCV IV 15940, Cohen VII 289 corr. (rev. misdescribed), Hunter V 245 var. (2nd officina), Choice EF, well centered, sharp portrait, much silvering, small scrape on reverse, couple letters on obverse and Zeus' head weakly struck, edge crack, weight 3.339 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 315 - 316 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing left, nude but for paludamentum on left shoulder, Victory on globe in right hand presenting wreath, long scepter vertical in left hand, eagle at feet on left facing left with head turned back right and wreath in beak, ∆ right, SIS in exergue; scarce; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

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In 321, Constantine the Great expelled the Goths from the Danube frontier and repaired Trajan's Bridge. He led an expedition into the old province Dacia (modern Romania) and made peace with the barbarians.
RL85605. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 64 (also 4th officina), RIC VII Siscia 182, SRCV V 17194, Cohen VII 38, Choice EF, excellent centering and strike, much silvering, weight 3.271 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, as caesar, 321 - 324 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate head right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), wreath enclosing VOT / X, ∆SIS and sunrise in exergue; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00











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