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Roman coins of the Constantinian Era
Decentius, Caesar, July or August 350 - 18 August 353 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit or Barbaric Imitative

|Decentius|, |Decentius,| |Caesar,| |July| |or| |August| |350| |-| |18| |August| |353| |A.D.,| |Ancient| |Counterfeit| |or| |Barbaric| |Imitative||maiorina|NEW
This interesting ancient counterfeit or imitative specimen combines the mintmark of the mint at Ambianum, and the reverse field control letters S-V which are only found on issues of Lugdunum. Also, Ambianum did not use this mintmark with AMB flanked on both sides with a palm. The Bastien MM specimen was found near Lyon. We know of about a half dozen specimens of this imitative, all from the same dies.
RL98410. Bronze maiorina, Bastien MM pl. XVII, 32 (same dies); RIC VIII -; LRBC II -; Cohen VIII -; SRCV V -, gVF, good centering, very sharp detail, areas of porosity, ragged edge, A's appearing as H (as normal on official issues of the era), weight 3.158 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, barbarous imitation of Ambianum (Amiens) mint, c. 351 - 353 A.D.; obverse D N DECENTIVS NOB CAES, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVG E CAE (victories of our lords, Emperor and Caesar), two Victory's standing facing each other, between them holding a shield resting on a short column, shield inscribed VOT / V / MVLT / + in four lines, S - V flanking column, palm AMB palm in exergue; very rare; $220.00 (180.40)


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
In 326, Constantine the Great traveled to Rome to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his accession to power. He founded Constantinople at Byzantium as the new capital of the Roman Empire. He reorganized the Roman army in smaller units classified into three grades: palatini, (imperial escort armies); comitatenses, (forces based in frontier provinces) and limitanei (auxilia border troops).
RL98405. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Arles 291 (S), LRBC I 292, SRCV IV 16307, Cohen 665, Hunter V -, Choice aEF, well centered, some silvering, closed edge crack, weight 2.67 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (valor of the two emperors), campgate with four turrets, open gates and star above, SA crescent RL in exergue; $160.00 (131.20)


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||follis|NEW
Although Ares was viewed by the Greeks primarily as destructive and destabilizing, worthy of contempt and revulsion, for the Romans, Mars was a father (pater) of the Roman people. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RL98416. Billon follis, Bastien 460 (7 spec.), RIC VI Lugdunum 243 (S) var. (seen from behind), Cohen VII 369, SRCV IV 16010, Hunter V -, Choice gVF, well centered on a broad flan, flow lines, light scratches, slightest porosity, hard green encrustations, weight 7.05 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, autumn 307 - 309/310 A.D.; obverse IMP C CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse MARTI PATRI PROPVGNATORI (to Mars the Defending Father), Mars advancing right, helmeted, nude except for balteus and cloak tied to belt at waist and flying behind, transverse spear pointing upper right in right hand, small round shield in left hand, N left, PLC in exergue; scarce bust variant; $150.00 (123.00)


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|NEW
In 325 A.D., Constantine I assured the security of the Danube frontier by defeating the Goths, the Vandals, and the Sarmatians. Licinius was executed in Thessalonica, on a charge of conspiring and raising troops against Constantine I. Gladiatorial combat was outlawed in the Roman Empire. The First Council of Nicaea was held.
RL98396. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 40 (also 3rd officina), RIC VI Arles 294, LRBC 1 297, Cohen VII 239, SRCV V 17279,, Choice gVF, well centered, dark patina, some silvering, weight 3.15 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, as caesar, 325 - 326 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, TA crescent RL in exergue; $140.00 (114.80)


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
In 328 Arelatum was renamed Constantia in honor of Constantine II. After Constantine II was killed in 340, the name reverted to Arelate, only to be changed again in 354 to Constantia by Constantius II. It retained that name, although the mintmark 'AR' appeared on some of its coins even in the fifth century.
RL98422. Billon centenionalis, LRBC I 328, RIC VII Arles 318, SRCV IV 16247, Cohen VII 454, Hunter V 128 var. (2nd officina), Choice aEF, well centered and struck, some silvering, flow lines, weight 2.87 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantia-Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, 329 A.D.; obverse CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, pearl-diademed head right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE AVGG (to the foresight of the two emperors), campgate with two turrets and star above, no doors, ornate decorated top row, S - F flanking at sides, PCONST in exergue; $140.00 (114.80)


Magnentius, 18 January 350 - 10 August 353 A.D.

|Magnentius|, |Magnentius,| |18| |January| |350| |-| |10| |August| |353| |A.D.||heavy| |maiorina|
In 352, Constantius II invaded northern Italy in pursuit of the usurper Magnus Magnentius, who withdrew with his army to Gaul. Constantius declared an amnesty for Magnentius' soldiers, many of whom deserted to him. By the end of the year Constantius entered Milan. After another defeat in battle, Magnentius committed suicide in 353.
RL93376. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Arles 179, Bastien MM 268, LRBC II 437, SRCV V 18824, Cohen VIII 68, Hunter V -, gVF, tight oval flan, uneven strike with small weak areas on edges, tiny deposits, tiny edge cracks, weight 4.424 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, spring 351 - August 353 A.D.; obverse D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, A behind; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVGG ET CAE (victories of our lords, the two emperors and two caesars), two Victories holding shield inscribed VOT V MVLT X, E over IS low center, PAR in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $120.00 (98.40)


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 "looking upwards" portraits of Constantine are often described as "gazing to Heaven (or God)."

Constantiniana Dafne was likely a castle or camp (castrum) Dafne, constructed by Constantine on the bank of the Danube.
RL96869. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 32 (R1), LRBC I 989, SRCV IV 16191, Cohen VII 92, Hunter V -, VF, dark patina, well centered, porous and a little rough, weight 3.433 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 328 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed head right, gazing to heaven, eyes to God; reverse CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, head right, palm frond in each hand, trophy and captive before, A left field, CONS in exergue; scarce; $120.00 (98.40)


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 "looking upwards" portraits of Constantine are often described as "gazing to Heaven (or God)."

Constantiniana Dafne was likely a castle or camp (castrum) Dafne, constructed by Constantine on the bank of the Danube.
RL96873. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 32 (R3), LRBC I 989, SRCV IV 16191, Cohen VII 92, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, a little rough, weight 3.132 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 328 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laurel and pearl diademed, head right, gazing to heaven, eyes to God; reverse CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, head right, palm frond in each hand, trophy of captured arms and captive on one knee before, tiny oval shield on the ground, E left, CONS in exergue; rare; $120.00 (98.40)


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
Because of his fame and because he was proclaimed Emperor while he was in Roman Britain, later Britons regarded Constantine as a king of their own people. In the 12th century, Henry of Huntingdon included a passage in his Historia Anglorum that Constantine's mother Helena was a Briton, the daughter of King Cole of Colchester. Geoffrey of Monmouth expanded this story in his highly fictionalized Historia Regum Britanniae, an account of the supposed Kings of Britain from their Trojan origins to the Anglo-Saxon invasion. According to Geoffrey, Cole was King of the Britons when Constantius, here a senator, came to Britain. Afraid of the Romans, Cole submitted to Roman law so long as he retained his kingship. However, he died only a month later, and Constantius took the throne himself, marrying Cole's daughter Helena. They had their son Constantine, who succeeded his father as King of Britain before becoming Roman Emperor. Historically, this series of events is extremely improbable. Constantius had already left Helena by the time he left for Britain. Additionally, no earlier source mentions that Helena was born in Britain, let alone that she was a princess.
RL96885. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Arles p. 206, 17 (R2); Depeyrot EMA p. 73, 56/1; LRBC I 422; Kent 17; SRCV V 17458; Cohen -, aF, a bit rough, ragged edge, minor encrustation, weight 1.474 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, posthumous, 339 A.D.; obverse DIVO CONSTANTINO P, veiled, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse AETERNA PIETAS, Constantine standing facing, head right, wearing military dress, inverted spear in left hand, globe in right hand, X (control symbol) right, SCONST (Constantia) in exergue; this type appears to be rarer than RIC VIII's R2 rating indicates; rare; $120.00 (98.40)


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||follis|NEW
"The letters C I H S in the reverse field probably relate to Constantine's weight reduction of the follis, thought their precise meaning remains unclear. The formula appears to contain as its elements the numeral 101 (CI) and the sign of the sestertius (HS)." -- Roman Coins and Their Values IV by David Sear.
RL98403. Billon follis, RIC VI Lugdunum 287 (S), Bastien 509, SRCV IV 15922, Cohen VII 215, Hunter V 75 ff., Choice aEF, well centered and struck, sharp detail, attractive style, slightest porosity, small edge crack, weight 6.10 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, autumn 308 - early 309 A.D.; obverse IMP C CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse GENIO POP ROM (to the guardian spirit of the Roman people), Genius standing left, chest bare, himation around hips and legs and over left shoulder and arm, sacrificing from patera in right hand over flaming altar, cornucopia in left hand, CI-H/S across fields, PLG in exergue; scarce; $120.00 (98.40)











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