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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Crispus| > RL89618
Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.
Londinium (London today), established around 43 A.D., was sacked in 60 A.D. by the Iceni led by queen Boudica, but quickly rebuilt. At the end of the 1st century, Londinium was a cosmopolitan community of merchants from across the Empire and the capital of Roman Britain. In 286, the usurper Carausius declared himself the Emperor of Britain. In 296, Rome invaded and reclaimed Britain from his successor Allectus. Twice British legions rebelled and elected their own emperors, Magnus Maximus in 382 and Constantine III, in 407. Both crossed the channel with their legions and were defeated, leaving Britain largely unprotected. As the Empire declined, Britain became increasingly isolated. In 410, the Romano-British authorities appealed to Honorius for help. He replied that the Britons would have to look after their own defenses, meaning Roman occupation of Britain had ended. Britain was increasingly vulnerable to attack by the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisii. By the middle 5th century only a small number of wealthy families maintained a Roman lifestyle. At the end of the 5th century the city was largely an uninhabited ruin.Londinium
RL89618. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII London 174(c) (R2), SRCV IV 16824, Cohen VII 152, Hunter V -, Choice gVF, well centered bold strike, dark patina, traces of silvering, areas of slight porosity, 1st officina, Londinium (London, England) mint, weight 3.007g, maximum diameter 18.1mm, die axis 180o, 319 - 321 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP (Joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R (vows of the Roman people) set on altar decorated with star within wreath, PLN in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection, ex Lucie Courcy (2006); rare; SOLD


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