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

Constans was the youngest son of Constantine I and Fausta. Born around 320, Constans inherited part of the Western Empire upon its division among the sons of Constantine. In 340, his brother, Constantine II, invaded his territory but was defeated and killed leaving Constans in total control of the West. In 350, however, the general Magnentius rebelled and Constans fled as his legions switched sides. He was overtaken and killed while trying to escape to Spain.


Click for a larger photo The reverse may advertise the resettlement and protection of Christian Goths in 348. Persecuted by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric, Wulfila obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia. They settled near Nicopolis ad Istrum.
RL68274. Bronze AE 2, RIC VIII 92, Choice VF, excellent centering, nice green patina, weight 3.440 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Constantinople mint, 348 - 351 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left holding globe; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO, soldier advancing right, head turned back, leading small barbarian from hut beneath tree with right hand, spear in left with point between legs, Γ above, CONSE* in ex; $110.00 (€82.50)

Click for a larger photo In 647, the first Muslim invasion of the Exarchate of Carthage was led by Abdallah ibn Sa'ad of the Rashidun Caliphate. Muslims defeated and killed the local Byzantine governor Gregory the Patrician at the Battle of Sufetula. The city, however, remained secure.
BZ69718. Bronze half follis, DOC II part 2, 138.5; Wroth BMC 312; Tolstoi 205; Ratto 1568; Morrisson BnF 16; Hahn MIB 196a; SBCV 1057, aVF, weight 3.684 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 225o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 643 - 647 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS PP AV (AV ligate), beardless bust of Constans II facing, wearing chlamys and crown with cross on circlet, globus cruciger in right; reverse mark of value X X with large cross between, CRTG in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $90.00 (€67.50)

Click for a larger photo The RIC lists this type as common but this is only the third coin of Constans with this reverse type handled by Forum.
RL68789. Bronze AE 3, RIC VIII 11, LRBC 588, VF, attractive green patina, weight 1.331 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Rome mint, 9 Sep 337 - spring 340 A.D.; obverse D N FL CONS-TANS AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRI-TAS REIP, Securitas standing right holding scepter in right and leaning left elbow on column, R clover leaf Q in ex; rare; $85.00 (€63.75)

Click for a larger photo This type, with the emperor holding a Victory on Globe, is only listed as an AE 3 (17-19 mm diameter).
RL57035. Bronze AE 2, Unpublished(?); cf. RIC VIII 122, LRBC 1649 (AE 3), VF, a little rough, weight 4.384 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonica mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right, A behind; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Constans standing left on galley, Victory on globe in right hand, labarum (chi rho Christogram standard) in left, Victory seated in stern steering ship, A in left field, TSA in ex; $80.00 (€60.00)

Click for a larger photo RIC lists this type as scarce, however, we believe it is rare.
RL56550. Bronze AE 3, RIC VIII 13, LRBC 588, aVF, weight 1.577 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Rome mint, 337 - 340 A.D.; obverse D N FL CONSTANS AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRI-TAS REIP, Securitas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right, leaning with left elbow on column, R leaf T in ex; rare; $70.00 (€52.50)

Click for a larger photo Constans, Constantine's youngest son, inherited part of the Western Empire. In 340, Constantine II, his brother, invaded his territory but was killed leaving Constans in total control of the West. In 350, however, his general Magnentius rebelled. Constans tried to escape but overtaken and killed.
RL64020. Bronze AE 2, RIC VIII 116, VF, weight 4.081 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right, globe in right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing horseman who has fallen to his hands and knees and is wearing a pointed (Parthian) cap, TSΓ* in ex; $70.00 (€52.50)

Click for a larger photo In 647, the first Muslim invasion of the Exarchate of Carthage was led by Abdallah ibn Sa'ad of the Rashidun Caliphate. Muslims defeated and killed the local Byzantine governor Gregory the Patrician at the Battle of Sufetula. The city, however, remained secure.
BZ69720. Bronze decanummium, DOC II, part 2, 141; Wroth BMC 339; Tolstoi 231; Ratto 1579; Morrisson BnF 25; Hahn MIB 201a; SBCV 1064; Sommer -, gF, centered, dark green patina, weight 3.394 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 270o, Carthage mint, 643 - 647 A.D.; obverse CONS-TANTINVS, crowned and draped bust facing, crown with cross, globus cruciger in right; reverse cross flanked by V-V (10 nummi) across field (no pellets above or below); from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; $60.00 (€45.00)

Click for a larger photo The reverse may advertise the resettlement and protection of Christian Goths in 348. Persecuted by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric, Wulfila obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia. They settled near Nicopolis ad Istrum.
RL66233. Bronze AE 2, RIC VIII 61, VF, nice highlighting patina, weight 3.825 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Alexandria mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, laurel and rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left, globe in right; reverse FEL TEMP REPA-RATIO, Soldier advancing right, looking back, leading barbarian from hut under tree with right hand, spear in left, ALEA in ex; ex Seaver Collection; $36.00 (€27.00)

Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
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BZ69582. Bronze follis, DOC II, part 2, 79a; Wroth BMC 181; Tolstoi 270; Sommer 12.54bis; Hahn MIB 174; SBCV 1010; cf. Morrisson BnF 27 (date off flan); Ratto -, Nice F, weight 3.714 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 655 - 656 A.D.; obverse Constans (on left) and Constantine IV standing facing; both wear crown with cross, Constans cuirassed holds long cross left hand on hip, Constantine draped holds globus cruciger, cross between their heads; reverse large M (40 nummi), A/N/N/O left, X/U (year 15) right, K (Constans) above, B (2nd officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in ex; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $35.00 (€26.25)

Click for a larger photo During this period A's were frequently engraved with open tops and looked like H's.
BB70655. Bronze AE 3, RIC VIII 185, gVF, well centered, weight 1.329 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse CONSTANS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE DD AVGG Q NN, two Victories standing confronted, each raising a wreath and holding a palm frond, •ASIS• in ex; from The Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $35.00 (€26.25)



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Obverse legends:

CONSTANSAVG
CONSTANSAVGVSTVS
CONSTANSCAESAR
CONSTANSPFAVG
DNCONSTANSPFAVG
FLCONSTANSNOBCAES
FLCONSTANTISBEAC
FLIVLCONSTANSAVG
FLIVLCONSTANSNOBC
FLIVLCONSTANSNOBCAES
FLIVLCONSTANSPERPAVG
FLIVLCONSTANSPFAVG
FLIVLCONSTANSPIVSFELIXAVG



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