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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 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; $100.00 (85.00)


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

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The reverse legend translates, "Happy Times Restored." Happy times would not last for Constans. This coinage was among his last issues before his general Magnentius rebelled and had him killed.
RL85618. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 230, LRBC II 1126, Voetter 28, SRCV V 18729, Cohen VII 10 , Choice gVF, nice portrait, well centered, dark toned bronze, parts of reverse legend and mintmark weak, slight porosity, edge cracks, weight 2.381 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans standing left in galley left, radiate Phoenix on globe in right hand, labarum (Christ monogram flag standard) in left hand, Victory seated in stern steering, ASIS in exergue; ex Educational Coin Company (summer 2011); $40.00 (34.00)


Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

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The celebration for a reign anniversary typically began a year before the actual anniversary and lasted the entire year. The actual celebratory events were likely at the beginning and end of this year-long period. This means that coins celebrating an anniversary were often struck from up to a year before that anniversary. Julian was named Caesar by Constantius II in 355 and used this as the date of the beginning of his reign, not 360 when he was named Emperor by his troops in Gaul, nor 361 when Constantius died and he was acknowledged Emperor throughout the Empire. Thus the celebration of Julian's decannalia, or tenth anniversary of reign, was to begin in 364. In late 362, when Julian needed extra coinage to prepare for his Persian War, what better type to strike than a vota coinage? He really should not have used X for the Soluta, or vows completed, for two more years but it served as great propaganda. He was informing the populace that he will still be around in two years when the war is over.
RL85813. Bronze centenionalis, Hunter V 34 (also 2nd officina), RIC VIII Rome 329, LRBC II 695, SRCV V 19168, Cohen VIII 151, VF, nice bust, green patina, earthen deposits, reverse double struck, weight 3.084 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, late 362 - 26 Jun 363 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear in right, shield in left; reverse VOT / X / MVLT / XX in four lines within wreath, VRBROMB in exergue; ex Moneta Numismatic Services; $80.00 (68.00)


Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

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Although Eastern Solidi of Julian II seem fairly common, the Western issues are quite scarce and this type from Arles is very rare. Zeus' eagle in the right field has been interpreted to indicate pagan influence at the Arelatum mint.
SH86350. Gold solidus, RIC VIII Arles 303 (R2), Depeyrot EMA 145/1, Cohen VIII 75, SRCV V 19097, Hunter V -, aVF, clipped flan, graffiti obverse right field, bumps and scratches, die break reverse lower left, weight 3.202 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantia-Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, 360 - 363 A.D.; obverse FL CL IVLIANVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse VIRTVS EXERC GALL (the courage of the Roman army in Gaul), soldier (Julian?) advancing right, helmeted and wearing military garb, head left, right hand on the head of a bound captive on one knee, trophy of arms in left hand across left shoulder; eagle right in right field, looking left, wreath in beak; KONSTAN (TAN ligate) in exergue; ex iNumis auction 20 May 2010 (1740 including fees); very rare; $1700.00 (1445.00)


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

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n 348, the Goth bishop Wulfila escaped religious persecution by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric and obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia and settle near Nicopolis ad Istrum (Bulgaria).
RL86246. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Nicomedia 49, LRBC I 1153, SRCV V 18073, Cohen VII 335, VF, well centered and struck, light corrosion, small edge cracks, weight 2.183 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nicomedia mint, 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed head right; reverse VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX in four lines within wreath, SMNA in exergue; $36.00 (30.60)


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

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On 15 March 351 Constantius elevated his 25-year-old cousin Constantius Gallus to Caesar at Sirmium in Pannonia. He arranged a marriage with his sister Constantia and put him in charge of the Eastern Roman Empire. Constantius marched West with a large army (60,000 men) to fight against Magnus Magnentius.
RL86250. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Constantinople 106, LRBC II 2028, SRCV V 18149, Cohen VII 44, gVF, well centered, strike weak in centers, some light encrustations, weight 4.221 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, 11th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Mar 351 - 6 Nov 355 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier spearing fallen horseman, shield on the ground, Γ? upper left, CONSIA in exergue; $36.00 (30.60)


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

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The labarum, was a type of Roman cavalry standard, a vexillum with a military ensign marked with the Christogram (Greek monogram of Christ). It was an object of religious veneration amongst the soldiers, who paid it divine honors.
RL86266. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Lyons p. 178, 6; LRBC I 241, SRCV V 17412; Cohen -, Hunter V -, aVF, grainy, tight flan (usual for the type) cutting off most of legend and part of one soldier, weight 1.234 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 9 Sep 337 - Apr 340 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, and draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking labarum (chi-rho Christogram standard), heads confronted, each holds spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on shield, PLG in exergue; $28.00 (23.80)


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

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On 20 May 325, Constantine I summoned an ecumenical council of bishops in Nicaea (the First Council of Nicaea). The Nicene Creed declared that the members of the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) are equal. The council also decided that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the 21st of March.
RL86238. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 26, LRBC I 1163, SRCV V 17250, Cohen VIII 165, VF, bumps, marks, scratch, some die wear, reverse off center, weight 3.317 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 324 - 325 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, star above, SMKB in exergue; $24.00 (20.40)


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

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The reverse legend can be translated, "Happy Times Restored" but we prefer to loosely translate it to the more current and lyrical expression, "Happy Days are Here Again!"
RL85723. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Thessalonica 123, LRBC II 50, SRCV V 18136, Cohen VII 46, Hunter V -, Choice VF, excellent centering, some areas flatly struck, weight 5.383 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front, A behind; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier standing left, with right hand spearing horseman whose mount has fallen, shield on his left arm, shield on the ground right, A left, TS∆ in exergue; $80.00 (68.00)


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

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The reverse legend can be translated, "Happy Times Restored" but we prefer to loosely translate it to the more current and lyrical expression, "Happy Days are Here Again!"
RL85724. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Thessalonica 123, LRBC II 50, SRCV V 18136, Cohen VII 46, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, tight flan, some die wear, porosity, weight 5.123 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front, A behind; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier standing left, with right hand spearing horseman whose mount has fallen, shield on his left arm, shield on the ground right, A left, TS∆ in exergue; $80.00 (68.00)











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