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Roman coins of the Constantinian Era
Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.||light| |maiorina|NEW
The reverse probably advertises 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.
RL111550. Billon light maiorina, RIC VIII Heraclea 71, LRBC II 1886, SRCV V 18695, Cohen VII 18, VF, green patina, light earthen deposits, scratches, rev. off center, small edge cracks, weight 3.688 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 348 -350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left, globe in right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans walking right, wearing military garb, leading barbarian by the hand from lean-to under tree, spear in left hand with point between his legs, SMHΔ in exergue; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 124 (8 Jan 2023), lot 945 (part of); $90.00 (90.90)


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

|Constantius| |II|, |Constantius| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |3| |November| |361| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|NEW
The longest lived of Constantine's sons and successors. He inherited the East. As his brothers were killed, he annexed their territories. When he defeated the usurper Magnentius he ruled all the empire. Constantius died on his way to fight Julian II, who then became emperor.
RL111564. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 61, LRBC I 1007, SRCV V 17693, Cohen VII 104, Choice EF, well centered, black toned silvering, weight 2.225 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 330 - 333 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, CONSI in exergue; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 124 (8 Jan 2023), lot 946 (part of); $130.00 (131.30)


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

|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
When Diocletian split Pannonia into four provinces, Siscia became the capital of Pannonia Savia, contained the treasury, and was the station of the small fleet kept on the Savus. Siscia maintained its importance until Sirmium began to rise, for in proportion as Sirmium rose, Siscia declined.
RL111617. Billon centenionalis, RIC VIII Siscia 224, LRBC II 1116, SRCV V 18703, Cohen VII 14, Choice VF, well centered, brown tone, weight 4.490 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 348 - 349 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand; reverse FEL TEMP - REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans on right, standing facing, head left, labarum (chi rho Christogram standard) in right hand, resting left on grounded shield behind, two captives standing facing before him with hands bound behind, ASIS in exergue; $80.00 (80.80)


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 9 September 337 - April 340 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |April| |340| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|NEW
On 11 May 330, Constantine I refounded Byzantium, renamed it Constantinopolis after himself, and moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to his new city. The new capital was Christian, old gods and traditions were either replaced or assimilated into a framework of Christian symbolism. Constantine built the new Church of the Holy Apostles on the site of a temple to Aphrodite. Generations later there was the story that a divine vision led Constantine to this spot. The capital would often be compared to the 'old' Rome as Nova Roma Constantinopolitana, the "New Rome of Constantinople." Special commemorative coins were issued with types for both Rome and Constantinople to advertise the importance of the new capital.
RL111618. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Alexandria 9, LRBC II 1451, Voetter 4, SRCV V 17518, Cohen VII 21, gVF, brown tone, weight 1.703 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Alexandria mint, 9 Sep 337 - April 340 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLIS, laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, scepter over left shoulder; reverse Victory standing left, right foot on prow, scepter in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, S - R flanking across field, SMAL∆ in exergue; scarce; $100.00 (101.00)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
Heraclea, the Greek city of Perinthos, later known as Heraclea Thraciea to distinguish it from Heraclea Pontica, is now Marmara Ereglisi in the European part of Turkey. The Roman mint was established by Diocletian shortly before his reform and was in use until the times of Theodosius II. Dates of operation: 291 - 450 A.D. Mint marks: H, HERAC, HERACL, HT, MHT, SMH, SMHT.
RL111619. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Heraclea 28 (R1), Cohen VII 459, Hunter V 300, SRCV IV - , Choice gVF, well centered, much silvering remaining, weight 2.443 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 318 - 320 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG, laureate consular bust left, mappa in right hand, globe and scepter in left hand; reverse PROVIDENTIAE AVGG (to the foresight of the two emperors), campgate with three turrets, pellet right, SMHB in exergue; scarce; $90.00 (90.90)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
RL111620. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 55 (R3), Cohen VII 638, SRCV IV 16302, Cohen V -, Choice aEF, well centered, dark green patina, weight 2.966 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 318 - 319 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, helmet with high crest and ornamented with stars, holding spear in right hand over right shoulder; 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 marked with an X, BSIS in exergue; rare; $80.00 (80.80)


Fausta, Augusta, 8 November 324 - Autumn 326 A.D., Second Wife of Constantine the Great

|Fausta|, |Fausta,| |Augusta,| |8| |November| |324| |-| |Autumn| |326| |A.D.,| |Second| |Wife| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great||centenionalis|NEW
Fausta is depicted as Spes, the Roman personification of hope. She holds her infant children, Constantine II and Constantius II, her hopeful promise for the future of the "Republic."
RL111624. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Nicomedia p. 621, 131 (R3); LRBC I 1102; SRCV IV 16575; Cohen VII 17, VF, well centered, dark patina, highlighting red earthen deposits, weight 2.754 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX - FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right hair waved, bun at back; reverse SPES REI-PVBLICAE, Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, MNΓ in exergue; scarce; $80.00 (80.80)


Fausta, Augusta, 8 November 324 - Autumn 326 A.D., Second Wife of Constantine the Great

|Fausta|, |Fausta,| |Augusta,| |8| |November| |324| |-| |Autumn| |326| |A.D.,| |Second| |Wife| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great||centenionalis|NEW
Fausta, Maximianus' daughter, was married to Constantine in 307, to secure peace between the rivals. She bore three sons, Constantine II, Constans and Constantius II. In 326, Constantine ordered her steamed to death for her plot that resulted in the execution of Crispus, his son by a previous marriage.
RL111625. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch p. 690, 76 (R4); LRBC I 1330; SRCV IV 16556; Cohen VII 17, Choice aEF, dark patina, red earthen fill, weight 3.600 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 225o, 10th officina, Antioch (Antakiyah, Turkey) mint, 326 - 327 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX - FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right, hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SALVS REI-PVBLICAE, Fausta as Salus standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, ●SMANTI in exergue; first specimen of this rare type handled by FORVM; rare; $120.00 (121.20)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
MA111631. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 97 (R3), SRCV IV 16818, Cohen VII 140, Hunter V -, Choice VF/aVF, dark patina, well centered, some earthen deposits, weight 3.634 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 319 - 320 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICT 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 inscribed with an S, ESIS* in exergue; rare; $80.00 (80.80)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|NEW
The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army." Western mint GLORIA EXERCITVS issues are much less common than the Eastern mint issues.
RL111177. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Arles 345, LRBC I 352, Hunter V 130, Depeyrot EMA 42/1, Cohen VII 256, SRCV IV -, EF, excellent centering on a tight flan, flow lines, weight 2.201 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Constantia-Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, mid 330 - mid 331 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, star above center, PCONST (Constantia) in exergue; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $90.00 (90.90)











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