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Roman coins of the Constantinian Era.

Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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On 7 March 321, Constantine issued an edict proclaiming Dies Solis Invicti (Sunday) as the day of rest; trade was forbidden but agriculture was allowed.
RL84184. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Lyons 132 (R3), Bastien XIII 101, Cohen VII 6, Hunter V 25 var. (laureate and cuirassed, no drapery), SRCV IV 16734 var. (same), Choice gVF, excellent centering, weight 3.446 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 45o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 321 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse BEATA TRANQVILLITAS (blessed tranquility), altar inscribed VO/TIS / XX in three lines, surmounted by globe, three stars above, C left, R right, PLG crescent in exergue; ϖερψ ραρε τηισ βυστ; $120.00 (€106.80)


Constantius Gallus, Caesar, 28 September351 - Winter 354 A.D.

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On 7 May 351, after Constantius Gallus arrived at Antiocha, a Jewish revolt broke out in Palestine. In 352, Gallus sent his general (magister equitum) Ursicinus to put down the revolt. The rebels destroyed Diopolis and Tiberias. Diocesarea was razed to the ground. Ursicinus gave the order to kill thousands of Jews, even children. After the revolt, a permanent garrison was stationed in Galilee.
BB83763. Billon reduced maiorina, RIC VIII Heraclea 91, LRBC II 1901, SRCV V 19017, Cohen VIII 16, Hunter V -, F, green patina, tight flan, weight 2.310 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 353 - 6 Nov 355; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS NOB C, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), helmeted soldier standing left, shield on left arm, spearing fallen horseman, shield on the ground right, horseman is turned toward the soldier and extends his left arm, SMHE in exergue; $30.00 (€26.70)


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 336 - 337 A.D.

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RL83773. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea 29, LRBC II 942, SRCV V 17521, F, porous, earthen deposits, weight 1.649 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 337 - 340 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLIS, laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, scepter over left shoulder; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking a standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMH∆ in exergue; $29.00 (€25.81)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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This type with a radiate head is unlisted in RIC VII but p. 379, 135, notes that Alföldi recorded the radiate head in RIN 1921, p. 118; citing a specimen in the Trau Collection with a PT mintmark (first officina), and another in the Gerin Collection with a TT mintmark (third officina). The note goes on to say the radiate bust type should be expected since the other rulers have parallel bust types in the issue, one of which is radiate. We know of eight total specimens of this type, but the Trau Collection coin is the only other first officina example known to Forum.
RL84331. Billon centenionalis, Alföldi RIN 1921, p. 118 (citing the Trau collection); RIC VII Ticinum 134 var. (laureate head, radiate head noted on p. 379), Choice EF, excellent bold and well-centered strike, attractive green patina, a few light marks, weight 2.947 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAES, radiate head right; reverse DOMINORVM NOSTRORVM CAESS, VOT * V in two lines, the star in center, all within wreath tied at the bottom, PT in exergue; extremely rare; $600.00 (€534.00)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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In 320, Licinius reneged on the religious freedom promised by the Edict of Milan, and began a new persecution of Christians in the Eastern Roman Empire. He destroyed churches, imprisoned Christians and confiscated their property.
RL84333. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 43 (also 3rd officina), RIC VII Ticinum 156 (S), LRBC I 468, SRCV IV 16784, Cohen VII 65, Choice EF, bold full circles strike, traces of silvering, weight 3.794 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 320 - 321 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse DOMINOR•NOSTROR•CAESS, VOT / X in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and decorated with a jewel at the top, TT in exergue; scarce; $80.00 (€71.20)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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In 320, Licinius reneged on the religious freedom promised by the Edict of Milan, and began a new persecution of Christians in the Eastern Roman Empire. He destroyed churches, imprisoned Christians and confiscated their property.
RL84339. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 165 (R3), SRCV IV 167772, Cohen VII 44, Hunter V -, EF, nice surfaces, traces of silvering, small edge crack, some light marks, weight 2.744 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 320 - 321 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate head right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), VOT / X in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and closed at the top with a jewel, ΓSIS* in exergue; rare; $80.00 (€71.20)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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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.
RL84340. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 175 (R3), SRCV IV 16773, Cohen VII 44, Choice EF, nice portrait, excellent centering and strike, traces of silvering, weight 3.546 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 30o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 321 - 324 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate head right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), VOT / X in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and decorated with a jewel at the top, BSIS and branch in exergue; scarce; $90.00 (€80.10)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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VOT X abbreviates Votis Decennalibus, which means Crispus has completed vows (prayers and sacrifices) for ten years of rule. In a religious context, votum, plural vota, is a vow or promise made to a deity. The word comes from the past participle of voveo, vovere; as the result of the verbal action, a vow, or promise. It may refer also to the fulfillment of this vow, that is, the thing promised. The votum is thus an aspect of the contractual nature of Roman religion and sacrifice, a bargaining expressed by "do ut des" (I give that you might give).
RL84288. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 440, SRCV IV 16760, Cohen VII 44, Hunter V -, EF, sharp portrait, well struck, some luster, traces of silvering, weight 4.083 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 45o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 323 - 324 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate head right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), VOT / X in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and decorated with a jewel at the top, STR crescent in exergue; $80.00 (€71.20)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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Crispus established his residence in Augusta Treverorum (modern Trier), the capital of Germania.
RL84289. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 440, SRCV IV 16760, Cohen VII 44, Choice EF, excellent sharp portrait, well centered, areas of slight porosity, flan crack, weight 3.423 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, 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 (our prince), VOT / X in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and decorated with a jewel at the top, PTR crescent in exergue; $80.00 (€71.20)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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There are a number of slight variations in the head or bust of this type. This example has a long-necked tetrarchical style head. Most have a head right more typical of the Constantinian era. Other less typical busts include examples with the top of the bare chest showing seen from the front, and others with the bare right shoulder seen from behind.
RL84290. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 440, SRCV IV 16760, Cohen VII 44, EF, excellent portrait, silvering, tight flan, part of reverse legend weakly struck, weight 2.817 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 225o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 323 - 324 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate head right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), VOT / X in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and decorated with a jewel at the top, STR crescent in exergue; $80.00 (€71.20)











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