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Votive Coinage
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|
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."
RL97850. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 47 (R3), Cohen VII 639, SRCV IV 16301, Hunter V -, aVF, uneven earthen deposits, scratches, some letters in legends not struck (filled dies), weight 3.223 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 318 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, helmeted, laureate, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R (vows of the Roman people) over altar inscribed with X, ∆SIS* in exergue; rare; $50.00 (€41.00)
 


Maxentius, February 307 - 28 October 312 A.D.

|Maxentius|, |Maxentius,| |February| |307| |-| |28| |October| |312| |A.D.||half| |follis|
The reverse legend dedicates this coin "to the eternal victory of our emperor."
SH35060. Billon half follis, RIC VI Ostia 63, EF, slight roughness, weight 3.382 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Ostia (port of Rome) mint, 309 - 312 A.D.; obverse MAXENTIVS P F AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm; reverse VICTORIA AETERNA AVG N (the eternal victory of our emperor), Victory standing right, left foot on base of cippus supporting shield on which she inscribes VOT XX FEL, captive seated left, MOSTP in exergue; ex Tony Hardy collection; rare; SOLD


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

|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||centenionalis|
On 7 March 321, Constantine I proclaimed the dies Solis Invicti (Sunday) as the day of rest; trade was forbidden but agriculture allowed. Jews continued to observe the Sabbath on Saturday, and Constantine himself, despite his acceptance of Christianity, continued to worship the sun god, Sol.
RL65533. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 59 (also 1st officina), RIC VII Siscia 181, SRCV IV 16773, Cohen VII 44, Choice EF, full silver, weight 3.186 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 321 - 324 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate head right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), VOT / X in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and decorated with a jewel at the top, ASIS and sunrise in exergue; ex Killingholme Hoard; SOLD


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||centenionalis|
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." For this issue, the altar is always marked I for the first (A) and second (B) officinae, and S for the third (G), fourth (?) and fifth (E) officinae. The meaning of the letters on the altar is unknown.
RL89679. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 84 (R4), SRCV IV 16288, Cohen VII 570, Hunter V 251 var. (1st officina, I on altar), gVF, full legends, light deposits, weight 3.482 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 319 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIN-VS AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, crested helmet ornamented with stars, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield on left arm; 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) over altar inscribed with S, •ΓSIS• in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection, ex Nemesis Coins (July 2004); rare; SOLD


Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D.

|Constantius| |I|, |Constantius| |I,| |May| |305| |-| |25| |July| |306| |A.D.||post-reform| |radiate|
On 20 Nov 303, All the Augusti and the Caesars visited Rome. They were united for the first time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Diocletian's accession.
RL74572. Bronze post-reform radiate, RIC VI Carthago 35a, SRCV IV 14111, Cohen VII 330, F, weight 2.943 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, c. 303 A.D.; obverse FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOT / X / FK (Felix Karthago), legend in three lines within laurel wreath; SOLD


Decentius, Caesar, July or August 350 - 18 August 353 A.D.

|Decentius|, |Decentius,| |Caesar,| |July| |or| |August| |350| |-| |18| |August| |353| |A.D.||maiorina|
A key coin for collecting a set of all Roman mints. The mint at Amiens was established by Magnentius in the middle of 350 A.D. Only one officina was established. The mint was closed in 354 A.D. and never opened again.
SH34556. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Amiens 24 (S), Bastien MM 126, LRBC II 14, SRCV V 18877, Cohen VIII -, aEF, brown patina, weight 3.628 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, Ambianum (Amiens, France) mint, obverse D N DECENTIVS NOB CAES, cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAES (victories of our lords, Emperor and Caesar), two Victories holding wreath encircling VOT X MVLT X, staurogram (Rho-cross) above, AMB followed by a crescent in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Arcadius, 19 January 383 - 1 May 408 A.D.

|Arcadius|, |Arcadius,| |19| |January| |383| |-| |1| |May| |408| |A.D.||half| |centenionalis|
Arcadius was between 6 and 9 years old when this coin was struck. The small size of the portrait was the engraver's way of showing the emperor was still a boy.
RL20113. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC IX Nicomedia 37(c)3 (S), LRBC II 2385, SRCV V 20869, DOCLR 15 var. (1st officina), VF, weight 1.584 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 19 Jan - 25 Aug 383 A.D.; obverse D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOT / V in two lines within wreath, SMNΓ in exergue; scarce; SOLD







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