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Roman coins of the Constantinian Era
Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||reduced| |follis|
On 1 March 317, Constantine the Great and co-emperor Licinius elevated their sons Crispus, Constantine II (still a baby) and Licinius II to Caesars. After this arrangement, Constantine ruled the dioceses Pannonia and Macedonia, and established his residence at Sirmium, from where he prepared a campaign against the Goths and Sarmatians.
RL94255. Billon reduced follis, RIC VII Arles 141 (S), Hunter V 35, SRCV V 17098, Cohen VII 44 var. (no cuirass), gF, well centered, light deposits, rough/porous, flan cracks, weight 2.438 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, as caesar, 317 - 318 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLARITAS REIPVB (the renown of the Republic), Sol standing half left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, C - S divided across field below center, SARL in exergue; scarce; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.00


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

|Constantius| |II|, |Constantius| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |3| |November| |361| |A.D.||quarter| |maiorina|
Siscia, a chief town and colony of Pannonia, was located at the confluence of the Colapis and the Savus, and is now called Sisak, Croatia. The mint master was called procurator monetae Siscianae. Dates of operation: 260 - c. 390. Mintmarks: S, SIS, SISC, SISCPS.
RL93370. Bronze quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 243, LRBC II 1135, SRCV V 18261, Cohen VII 36, VF, well centered, green patina, light scratches, encrustations, weight 2.012 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), emperor stands left in galley, phoenix on globe in right hand, labarum (Chi-Rho standard) in left, Victory seated steering in stern, BSIS and symbol (similar to reversed R) in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $55.00 SALE |PRICE| $49.00


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

|Constantius| |II|, |Constantius| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |3| |November| |361| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
In 348, the Goth bishop Wulfila escaped religious persecution by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric and obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia and settle near Nicopolis ad Istrum (Bulgaria).
RL93373. Bronze reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Nicomedia 55, LRBC I 1153, SRCV V 18073, Cohen VII 335, Hunter V -, gVF, dark brown patina, highlighting earthen deposits, ragged edge, weight 1.642 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 45o, 6th officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed head right; reverse VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX in four lines within wreath, •SMNS• in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $38.00 SALE |PRICE| $34.00


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

|Constantius| |II|, |Constantius| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |3| |November| |361| |A.D.||light| |maiorina|
The labarum, was a type of Roman cavalry standard, a vexillum with a military ensign marked with the Christogram (Greek monogram of Christ). It was an object of religious veneration amongst the soldiers, who paid it divine honors.
RL93280. Billon light maiorina, RIC VIII Constantinople 89, LRBC II 2015, SRCV V 18231, Cohen VII 39, Hunter V -, aVF, well centered, dark brown patina, highlighting light deposits, weight 4.523 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 348 - 15 Mar 351 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left, globe in right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), emperor standing left, labarum (chi rho Christogram banner) in right, resting left on shield, two captives before him, Γ (control symbol) left, CONSB* in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $75.00 SALE |PRICE| $67.50


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

|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
VOT XX MVLT XXX abbreviates Votis Vicennalibus Multis Tricennalibus advertising that Constans had completed his vows (prayers) to thank God on the 20th anniversary of his rule, and made more vows to God that he might help him successfully rule to his 30th anniversary.
RL93276. Billon reduced centenionalis, cf. SRCV V 18641 ff., gVF, dark patina, centered on a tight flan, weight 1.910 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 0o, unknown mint, 337 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl diademed head right; reverse VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX in four lines within wreath, mintmark in exergue (mostly off flan); from the Errett Bishop Collection; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00


Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||centenionalis|
In 327, construction of the Domus Aurea, the cathedral of Antioch, began on an island between two branches of the Orontes River, where the Imperial Palace was located. It was dedicated on 6 January 341, in the presence of Constans, Constantius II and ninety-seven bishops. In the following centuries, it was repeatedly destroyed by earthquakes and fires and rebuilt. It was finally destroyed in 588 after a major earthquake left the dome resting on a pile of rubble. Today the site of the cathedral is uncertain.
RL93233. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch 73 (R2), LRBC I 1324, SRCV IV 17256, Cohen 165, Hunter V 94 var. (1st officina), Choice gVF, well centered, dark brown patina, weight 2.704 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, 8th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 326 - 327 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with two turrets, star above, dot in doorway, SMANTH in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


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

|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||centenionalis|
In 326, Constantine ordered the execution of his son, Crispus Caesar. Constantine's second wife and Crispus' stepmother, Fausta, accused Crispus of attempting to seduce her. After learning Fausta lied to eliminate Crispus as a rival to her own sons, Constantine had Fausta suffocated in a hot bath.
RL93229. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 86 (also 5th officina), RIC VII Antioch 64 (R4), LRBC I 1335, SRCV IV 16811, Cohen VII 125, Choice gF, centered, brown patina, porous, weight 3.134 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate draped and cuirassed bust left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with two turrets, star above, SMANTE in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 334 - 335 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |334| |-| |335| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
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.
RL93221. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 11 (also 2nd officina), RIC VII Siscia 241, LRBC I 751, SRCV IV 16469, Cohen VII 22, VF, well centered, dark patina, small green encrustations, areas of corrosion, weight 2.116 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 334 - 335 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, •BSIS• in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 334 - 335 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |334| |-| |335| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
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.
RL93225. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 554, SRCV IV 16446, LRBC I 77, Cohen 22, Hunter V 6, gVF, dark patina, edge cracks, ragged flan, weight 2.021 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 334 - 335 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, wreath left, TRP in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||follis|
The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity," for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.6th Century Antioch
RL93208. Billon follis, Hunter V 384 (also 2nd Officina), RIC VI Antiochia 15 (R4), SRCV IV 15973, Cohen VII 312, VF, tight flan cutting off parts of legends, marks, porosity, weight 3.553 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 313 - 314 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, Laureate head right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG NN (to Jove the protector of the two Emperors), Jupiter standing left holding Victory on globe in right hand, long scepter in left hand, eagle at feet left with wreath in beak, B right, ANT in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00











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