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Vetranio, 1 March - 25 December 350 A.D.

Vetranio was declared emperor by his troops in 350 A.D. Immediately expressing his support for emperor Constantius II, he was instrumental in keeping the rebellion of Magnentius under control. After Constantius finally arrived to take control of the situation, Vetranio formally abdicated, and lived the remainder of his life in comfort.


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In 312 A.D., Constantine the Great 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.
SH09991. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 287 (S), LRBC 1174, Voetter 9, SRCV V 18905, Cohen VIII 4 (25 Fr.), Choice EF, weight 5.11 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star before; reverse HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, Vetranio standing left in military dress, labarum in right hand, scepter in left hand, crowned by Victory standing behind him, A left, •∆SIS• in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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Vetranio was declared emperor by his troops in 350 A.D. Immediately expressing his support for Constantius II, he was instrumental in keeping the rebellion of Magnentius under control. After Constantius arrived to take control of the situation, Vetranio abdicated and lived the remainder of his life in comfort.
SH35844. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 290 (S), LRBC II 1176, Voetter 6, SRCV V 18903, Cohen VII 3, Choice EF, weight 2.751 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star in front; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Vetranio standing slightly left in military dress, a labarum (Christogram standard) in each hand, A left, •ESIS* in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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This reverse is much scarcer than Vetranio's usual HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS and CONCORDIA MILITVM types.
RL42424. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 296 (S), LRBC II 1182, Voetter 12, SRCV V 18908, Cohen VIII 11 corr., EF, sharp detail, weight 2.370 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGVSTORVM (the valor of the Emperor), emperor, standing right, holding spear and globe, at feet seated captive, ΓSIS in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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This reverse is much scarcer than Vetranio's usual HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS and CONCORDIA MILITVM types.
RL76972. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 296 (S), LRBC II 1182, Voetter 12, SRCV V 18908, Cohen VIII 11 corr., aEF, well centered and struck, ragged flan, weight 2.511 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGVSTORVM (the valor of the Emperor), emperor standing right, transverse spear in right hand, raising globe in left hand, captive at feet seated right with head turned back left and wearing Parthian cap, ESIS in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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The reverse of this coin is dedicated to harmony with the army. Nothing was more important to Vetranio. The soldiers had made him emperor; yet, as had been proven time and again, an emperor was always at risk that his soldiers would betray and assassinate him.
SH26416. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Thessalonica 132 (S), LRBC II 1658, Voetter 1, SRCV V 18904, Cohen VIII 1, nice VF, weight 5.125 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), emperor holding two standards decorated with Chi-Rho, star above, A in left field, B in right, •TSA• in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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SH56318. Billon half maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 294 (S), LRBC II 1180, Voetter 11, SRCV V 18907, Cohen VIII 3, EF/VF, attractive portrait, weight 3.090 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 19 Jan - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), emperor standing facing, head left, labarum (chi-rho Christogram standard) in left, spear in right hand, ASIS in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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The Christogram (also called a Monogramma Christi or Chrismon) is a ligature of Chi (X) and Rho (P), the first two letters of Christ in Greek. It was among the earliest symbols of Christianity. The crucifix was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because most people then had personally witnessed its gruesome use for public execution.
SH56052. Billon half maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 294 (S), LRBC II 1180, Voetter 11, SRCV V 18907, Cohen VIII 3, gVF, weight 2.082 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 19 Jan - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), emperor standing facing, head left, labarum (Chi-Rho standard) in right hand, spear in left, ESIS in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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In 312 A.D., Constantine the Great 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.
SH59948. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 287 (S), LRBC II 1174, Voetter 9, SRCV V 18905, Cohen VIII 4 (25 Fr.), gVF, weight 4.543 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star before; reverse HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, Vetranio standing left in military dress, labarum (Christogram standard) in right hand, scepter in left hand, crowned by Victory behind, A left, •BSIS• in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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.
RL71345. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 286 (S), LRBC II 1173, Voetter 51, SRCV V 18203, Hunter V -, EF, centered on a tight flan, short open flan crack, weight 5.169 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd 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, star before; reverse HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, Constantius standing facing, head left, labarum (Chi Rho Christogram standard) in right, transverse spear in left, Victory right standing left crowning him and holding palm, A left, •BSIS• in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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RL24649. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 275 (R), SRCV V 18905, Cohen VIII 4 (25 Fr.), LRBC II -, Voetter -, VF, weight 5.559 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star in front; reverse HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, emperor standing left holding Chi-Rho standard, crowned by Victory standing behind, A in the left field, •∆SIS• in exergue; rare; SOLD




  




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