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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.

|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|NEW
In 334, Flavius Dalmatius put down a revolt in Cyprus led by Calocaerus. Calocaerus was brought to Tarsus in Cilicia and executed.
RL111182. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 236, LRBC I 748, Cohen VIII 122, SRCV V 17334, Hunter V -, EF, sharp, green patina, light deposits, tight flan, light marks, weight 2.315 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, as caesar, 334 - 335 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate 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, ESIS in exergue; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $90.00 (90.90)


|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
Constantine II was the son of Constantine I, the eldest with his second wife, Fausta. He was made Caesar before he was a year old. Constantine II inherited the Western empire. After quarreling with his brother Constans, he invaded his territory, only to be killed in an ambush near Aquileia.
RL110815. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Arles p. 267, 305 (R2); LRBC I 306; SRCV V 17280; Cohen VII 239; Hunter V -, VF, well centered, rough, earthen deposits, corrosion, weight 2.644 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, as caesar, 326 - 327 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse VIRTVS CAESS (the valor of the two princes), campgate with four turrets and open gates, S - F at sides, TARL in exergue; first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; rare; $40.00 (40.40)


|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
In 326, Constantine the Great traveled to Rome to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his accession to power. While en route at Pola he give an order to execute his older son, Crispus Caesar, possibly on charges of adultery. Fausta, second wife of Constantine I, was also executed, suffocated in a hot bath. Helena told her son Constantine that he must atone for executing his son and wife by building churches. At about this date construction began on Old St. Peter's Basilica, the first church on the traditional site of Saint Peter's tomb in Rome, and on the basilica of Golgotha on Calvary outside Jerusalem.
RL110797. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 93 (also 6th officina), RIC VII Antioch 65, LRBC I 1346, Cohen VIII 165, SRCV V 17255, gF, well centered, full legends, a little rough, weight 2.445 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 325 - 326 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, SMANTS in exergue; $25.00 (25.25)


|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
In 327, in an attempt to resolve a labor shortage, Constantine the Great decreed that rural slaves could only be sold in the province where they reside.
RL110758. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Heraclea 96, SRCV V 17241, Cohen VIII 164, Hunter V 79 var. (1st officina), LRBC I 877 var. (pellet right), Choice VF, well centered, blue green patina, light deposits, weight 3.843 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 327 - 329 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with two turrets, star above, no door, left, SMHE in exergue; $80.00 (80.80)










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

CONSTANTINVSAVG
CONSTANTINVSIVNAVG
CONSTANTINVSIVNNC
CONSTANTINVSIVNNOBC
CONSTANTINVSIVNNOBCAES
CONSTANTINVSMAXAVG
CONSTANTINVSPFAVG
DNCONSTANTINVSIVNNOBCAES
DNFLCLCONSTANTINVSNOBC
FLCLCONSTANTINVSIVNNC
FLCLCONSTANTINVSPFAVG
IMPCONSTANTINVSAVG
VICCONSTANTINVSAVG


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