Constantius Gallus, Caesar 28 September 351 - winter 354 A.D.
The reverse legend can be translated, "Happy Times Restored" but we prefer to loosely translate it to the more lyrical expression, "Happy Days are Here Again!" To a Roman, spearing a barbarian was happy time!RB71440. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Alexandria 74, LRBC II 2838, Voetter 1, SRCV V 18997, Cohen VIII 17, aEF, some silvering, tight flan, weight 5.005 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 315o, 1st officina, Alexandria mint, 28 Sep 351 - 353 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier advancing left, spearing bare-headed bearded fallen horseman who extends arm toward soldier, shield on ground at feet, Γ upper left, ALEA in exergue;
$90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00
Constantius Gallus was a cousin of Constantius II and was made Caesar in 351 A.D. He was given command of the Eastern provinces while Constantius II was in the West. His rule was so harsh and cruel that Constantius recalled him to Milan in 354, and then had him arrested and executed before he reached Italy.RL77784. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 347, LRBC II 1217, SRCV V 18973, Cohen VIII 13, VF, attractive lime green patina, uneven strike, tight flan, weight 4.353 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 28 Sep 351 - winter 354 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, A behind; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), helmeted soldier with shield on his left arm spearing a fallen horseman, I left, BSIS•S• in exergue;
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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.BB76594. Bronze reduced maiorina, RIC VIII Cyzicus 106, LRBC II 2497, SRCV V 19020, Cohen VIII 12, F, green patina, weight 2.603 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, c. 353 - winter 354 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), helmeted soldier standing left spearing fallen horseman, SMKE in exergue;
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