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Licinius Junior, Caesar 1 March 317 - 18 September 324 A.D.

Licinius Junior, son of Licinius I, was made Caesar while still a small child. He was deposed after his father's defeat and executed in 326 A.D.


Lot of 5 Choice gVF+ Bronze Coins - Roman Emperor Licinius I and his son Licinius II, 308 - 324 A.D.

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Licinius I was a comrade of emperor Galerius in the Tetrarchic period. Following the abdication of Diocletian and Maximianus, Licinius was raised to the rank of Augustus despite never having held the position of Caesar. After Maximinus II invaded his territories, Licinius marched against him and defeated him soundly. Over the next few years, relations between Licinius and Constantine I deteriorated. Armed conflict broke out several times and Licinius was defeated. Only through the intervention of Licinius' wife, Constantine's sister, was his life spared. However, shortly after he was executed for additional political machinations against Constantine. Licinius Junior, son of Licinius I, was made Caesar while still a small child. He was deposed after his father's defeat and executed in 326 A.D.
LT87367. Bronze Lot, 5 coins of Licinius and his son, 19.2 - 21.2 mm, Choice gVF+, excellent coins, well centered and struck with beautiful desert patinas, no specific identification, no tags or flips, the lot is the actual coins in the photograph; $160.00 (€140.80)
 


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TS in the mintmark abbreviates Thessalonika. E is the Greek numeral five, for the 5th officina (mint workshop). The significance of the VI is uncertain. It may be a mark of value but that would make it difficult to explain why VII is found on some similar issues.
RL88780. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Thessalonica 114 (R3), SRCV IV 15444, Cohen VII 8, Hunter V 23 var. (no star), aVF, well centered, dark patina, light scratches, coppery high points, earthen deposits, spots of porosity, weight 2.4171 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), VOT / V in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and closed the top with a star, TSEVI in exergue; scarce; $15.00 (€13.20)
 


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Parthia is a historical region located in north-eastern Iran that was the political and cultural base of the Arsacid dynasty, rulers of the Parthian Empire. The name "Parthia" is Latin, from Old Persian Parthava, the Parthian language self-designator signifying "of the Parthians."
RL88557. Billon follis, Hunter V 41 (also 4th officina) RIC VII Antioch 29 (S), SRCV IV 15415, Cohen VII 32, F, well centered, a little rough earthen encrustations, weight 1.713 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 1 Mar 317 - 320 A.D.; obverse D N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C, laureate consular bust right, holding globe and scepter over shoulder in left hand and mappa in right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI CAESS (to Jove the protector of the two Caesars), Jupiter standing left, Victory on globe in right hand, scepter in left hand, captive with a pointed Parthian cap and beard on left stooping left with hands tied behind back, ∆ right, SMANT in exergue; scarce; $14.00 (€12.32)
 


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RIC lists this type only for Crispus but includes the following note: [Catalogue Gerin] records a hybrid obverse [Licinius II, our type]; not in [Vienna], but a pencil note concerning such a coin added to the handwritten [Otto] Voetter catalogue in [Vienna]. Obviously Voetter must have seen a coin of this description.
RL35064. Billon follis, cf. RIC Thessalonica VII, p 502, 20 (Crispus) note, and 22 (for obverse); Cohen -, nice VF, nicely centered, well struck, weight 2.570 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 317 - 318 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB CAESAR, laureate head right (small portrait); reverse PRINCIPIA IVVENTVTIS (in honor of the Prince of Youth), prince standing half right, in military dress, helmeted, spear in right hand, left hand rests on grounded shield, •TS•E• in exergue; extremely rare; SOLD







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

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REFERENCES

Bastien, P. Le Monnayage de l'Atelier de Lyon, De la Réforme Monétaire de Dioclétien à la fermeture temporaire de l'Atelier en 316 (294 - 316). Numismatique Romaine XI. (Wetteren, 1980).
Bastien, P. Le monnayage de l'atelier de Lyon. De la réouverture de l'atelier en 318 à la mort de Constantin (318 - 337). Numismatique Romaine XIII. (Wetteren, 1982).
Bruun, P. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. VII, Constantine and Licinius A.D. 313 - 337. (London, 1966).
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).
Depeyrot, G. Les monnaies d'or de Dioclétien a Constantin I (284 - 337). (Wetteren, 1995).
Failmezger, V. Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism to Christianity, 294 - 364 A.D. (Washington D.C., 2002).
Paolucci, R. & A. Zub. La monetazione di Aquileia Romana. (Padova, 2000).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. V. Diocletian (Reform) to Zeno. (Oxford, 1982).
Sear, D. Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. IV...The Collapse of Paganism and the Triumph of Christianity, Diocletian To Constantine I, AD 284 - 337. (London, 211).
Voetter, O. Die Münzen der romischen Kaiser, Kaiserinnen und Caesaren von Diocletianus bis Romulus: Katalog der Sammlung Paul Gerin. (Vienna, 1921).

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Roman Coins of Licinius II