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GLORIA EXERCITVS - Glory of the Army

The reverse legend on these coins dedicates them to "The glory of the Army." These types were struck in huge numbers by the Constantine Dynasty and most examples are inexpensive. The reverse depicts two soldiers standing facing flanking one or two standards in the center. Their heads are turned toward each other (confronted) and each holds a spear in their outer hand and rests their inner hand on a shield on the ground. Some more unusual examples have a symbol on the standard.


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

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The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."
SH90488. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch 88, LRBC I 1358, SRCV V 17698, Cohen VII 104, Hunter V 44 var. (6th officina), FDC, weight 2.540 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 135o, 8th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 330 - 335 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS 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, SMANH in exergue; SOLD


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

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One of the earliest Christian crosses on coinage and one of the oldest examples of a Christian cross of any kind affordable to a collector with modest means. The cross was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because it symbolized a purposely painful and gruesome method of public execution that most early Christians would have personally witnessed. In 315, Constantine abolished crucifixion as punishment in the Roman Empire. The Ichthys, or fish symbol, was used by early Christians. Constantine adopted the Chi-Rho Christ monogram (Christogram) as his banner (labarum). The use of a cross as the most prevalent symbol of Christianity probably gained momentum only after Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, traveled to the Holy Land, c. 326 - 328, and recovered the True Cross.
BB66587. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Aquileia 126 (R3), Paolucci-Zub 429 (R), LRBC I 658, Cohen VII 105, SRCV V 17682, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, weight 3.378 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Aquileia mint, as caesar, 334 - Sep 335 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, cross in center on exergue line, AQS in exergue; rare; SOLD


Delmatius, Caesar, 18 September 335 - mid 337 A.D.

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In 334 A.D., Delmatius put down a revolt in Cyprus led by the usurper Calocaerus.
RL04491. Billon reduced centenionalis, SRCV IV 16875 ff., EF, bold, sharp, golden toned silvering, weight 2.79 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, 18 Sep 335 - 336 A.D.; obverse FL DELMATIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, mint mark in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


Constans, 9 September337 - 18 January 350 A.D., Barbaric Imitative

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RL04489. Billon reduced centenionalis, Unpublished, gem uncirculated, extraordinary counterfeiter's style; no left facing busts are recorded at Trier for the period, weight 1.63 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 337 - c. 340 A.D.; obverse CONSTANS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, TRP in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


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

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Constantine's Bridge over the Danube, built by the Roman architect Theophilus Patricius, between Sucidava (Corabia, Romania) and Oescus (Gigen, Bulgaria), was officially opened on 5 July 328.
RL12465. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 22 (R2), LRBC I 987, SRCV IV 16233, Cohen VII 243, Choice EF, nice patina, beautiful coin, weight 2.209 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 327 - 328 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed head right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), soldier standing left, head right, resting left hand on shield and holding inverted spear in right hand, Γ in left field, CONS in exergue; rare; SOLD


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

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We very rarely assess a coin as FDC (fleur de coin), the highest grade used for ancient coins.
RL62659. Billon reduced centenionalis, LRBC I 60, RIC VII Trier 537, SRCV IV 16335, Cohen VII 254, FDC, sharp, bold, perfect centering, weight 2.373 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 332 - 333 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped, 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, TRS in exergue; SOLD


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

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In 336, Constantine reduced the weight of the centenionalis from c. 2.5 grams to c. 1.7 grams. The earlier heavier coins have two standards between the soldiers. Coins struck on the later lighter standard have only one standard.
RL65422. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch 108, LRBC I 1363, SRCV IV 16374, Cohen VII 250, EF, nice desert patina, weight 1.781 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 336 - 337 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMANΓ in exergue; SOLD


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

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RL72858. Billon reduced centenionalis, LRBC I 60, RIC VII Trier 537, SRCV IV 16335, Cohen VII 254, Choice EF, excellent portrait, well centered strike, small edge crack, weight 2.125 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 332 - 333 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped, 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, TRP in exergue; SOLD


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

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The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."
RL33892. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Rome 24, VF, weight 1.679 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Rome mint, as Augustus, 22 May 337 - 340 A.D.; obverse VIC CONSTANTINVS AVG, diademed and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, R*P in exergue; rare; SOLD


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

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In 332, Constantine I and his son Constantine II, age 16, defeated the Goths in Moesia. The Goths agreed to become Roman allies and to protect the Danube frontier. Only two years later, in 334, the Goths on the Danube frontier prevented an invasion by the Vandals.
RL71422. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Thessalonica 183, LRBC I 835, SRCV IV 16352, Choice gVF, well centered, nice green patina, weight 3.554 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 330 - 333 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS (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, SMTSA in exergue; SOLD




  




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