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Flavius Nepotianus, 10 May to 7 June 351 A.D.

Nepotianus was the son of Eutropia, a stepsister of Constantine the Great. In 350 A.D. he proclaimed himself emperor, usurping the usurper Magnentius. He took control of Rome at the head of a band of gladiators. He was probably prompted by some of the senators of Rome. During his short reign he struck coins for Constantius II as well as in his own name. He was probably expecting help from the East. However, Magnentius sent General Marcellinus who easily disposed of Nepotianus after a reign of only 28 days. Nepotianus' mother and many senators were executed with him. Nepotianus' reign has traditionally been dated 3 - 30 June 350 A.D., but Curtis Clay has convincingly argued for a revision to May - June 351 A.D.

Pompey the Great, Proconsul, Murdered in 48 B.C., Minted by his son Sextus Pompey

|Pompeians|, |Pompey| |the| |Great,| |Proconsul,| |Murdered| |in| |48| |B.C.,| |Minted| |by| |his| |son| |Sextus| |Pompey|, |denarius|
Struck by Sextus Pompey after his victory over Salvidienus and relates to his acclamation as the Son of Neptune. Although Sextus Pompey was the supreme naval commander, Octavian had the Senate declare him a public enemy. He turned to piracy and came close to defeating Octavian. He was, however, defeated by Marcus Agrippa at the naval battle of Naulochus (3 September 36 B.C.). He was executed by order of Mark Antony in 35 B.C.
SH91677. Silver denarius, Crawford 511/3a, RSC I Pompey the Great 17, Sydenham 1344, BMCRR Sicily 7, Cohen Pompey the Great 18, Sear CRI 344, SRCV I 1392, VF, deep old-cabinet toning, slightly off center, banker's mark on cheek, weight 3.703 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 180o, Sicilian mint, 42 - 40 B.C.; obverse MAG PIVS IMP ITER, head of Pompey the Great right, between capis and lituus (augural symbols); reverse Neptune standing left, right foot on prow, nude but for chlamys on left arm, holding apluster, flanked by the Catanaean brothers, Anapias and Amphinomus, running in opposite directions with their parents on their shoulders, PRAEF above, CLAS ET ORAE / MARIT EX S C in two lines in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce; SOLD

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

|Constantius| |II|, |Constantius| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |3| |November| |361| |A.D.|, |heavy| |maiorina|
This type was struck at Rome for Constantius II by the usurpers Magnentius and Nepotian.
RL66196. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Rome 195 and 198, LRBC II 637, SRCV V 18201, Cohen VIII 140, aVF, rough, weight 4.093 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Rome mint, May 350 - spring 351 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, holding globe in right, A behind; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), Emperor in military dress galloping right, spearing a barbarian before horse wearing a pointed cap and kneeling left with extended arms, shield and broken spear on the ground below the horse, star upper right, R T in exergue; very scarce; SOLD

Flavius Nepotianus, 10 May to 7 June 351 A.D.

|Nepotianus|, |Flavius| |Nepotianus,| |10| |May| |to| |7| |June| |351| |A.D.|, |AE| |3|
On this obverse die the legend is spelled CONSTANTNS in error.
SH22812. Bronze AE 3, RIC VIII Rome 203 var. (obv legend error), VF+, weight 5.398 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, 5th officina, Rome mint, 10 May to 7 Jun 351 A.D.; obverse FL NEP CONST-ANTNS AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VRBS ROMA (City of Rome), Roma seated left on cuirass, holding spear and Victory on globe, RE in exergue; extremely rare; SOLD

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