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Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.
Constantine II was the son of Constantine I, the eldest with his second wife, Fausta. He was born in Arles (which was renamed Constantia in his honor in 328, explaining the CON mintmarks for Arles) and was made Caesar before he was a year old in 316 A.D. Upon his father's death, Constantine II inherited the Western part of the empire. After quarreling with his brother Constans, he invaded his territory, only to be killed in an ambush near Aquileia. His coins often include "IVN" in the legend, an abbreviation for junior.
RB84919. Billon centenionalis
, Bastien XIII
14, pl. 1 (15 spec.); RIC VII
76 (R3); Cohen VII
227; Compass Collection 407; SRCV V
17267, VF, near centered on a tight flan
, light scratches, light deposits, Lugdunum
, France) mint, weight
2.887g, maximum diameter
18.2mm, die axis
, as caesar
, 1st emission, 318 A.D.; obverse
D N CONSTANTINO IVN NOB C
, boy's laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust
right, seen from the front; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP
, Two Victories holding wreath
, VOT / PR in two lines within wreath
, X on altar
, two captives seated back-to-back in exergue
, no P - L at sides; very rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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