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Heraclea, Thrace (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey)

Heraclea, the Greek city of Perinthos, later known as Heraclea Thraciae to distinguish it from Heraclea Pontica, is now Marmara Ereglisi in the European part of Turkey. The Roman mint was established by Diocletian shortly before his reform and was in use until the times of Theodosius II. Dates of operation: 291 - 450 A.D. Mintmarks: H, HERAC, HERACL, HT, MHT, SMH, SMHT.


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 347 - 348 A.D.

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Of the hundreds of Constantinople commemoratives we have handled in the past 17 years, this is only the second example Forum has handled with this reverse type. Although RIC lists it as only as scarce, it is certainly rare.
RL70891. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea 50 (S), LRBC I 960, Hunter V -, Voetter -, SRCV IV -, VF, tight flan, weight 1.533 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 315o, 3rd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLI, laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, scepter over left shoulder; reverse VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX in four lines within wreath, SMHΓ in exergue; rare; $45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50


Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

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The celebration for a reign anniversary typically began a year before the actual anniversary and lasted the entire year. The actual celebratory events were likely at the beginning and end of this year-long period. This means that coins celebrating an anniversary were often struck from up to a year before that anniversary. Julian was named Caesar by Constantius II in 355 and used this as the date of the beginning of his reign, not 360 when he was named Emperor by his troops in Gaul, nor 361 when Constantius died and he was acknowledged Emperor throughout the Empire. Thus the celebration of Julian's decannalia, or tenth anniversary of reign, was to begin in 364. In late 362, when Julian needed extra coinage to prepare for his Persian War, what better type to strike than a vota coinage? He really should not have used X for the Soluta, or vows completed, for two more years but it served as great propaganda. He was informing the populace that he will still be around in two years when the war is over.
RL88785. Bronze centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea 105, LRBC II 1908, SRCV V 19174, Cohen VIII 151, Hunter V -, F, rough, earthen deposits, weight 3.017 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 361 - 363 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust left holding spear and shield; reverse VOT / X / MVLT / XX in four lines within wreath, HERACL[...] in exergue; $24.00 SALE PRICE $21.60


Fausta, Augusta 324 - 326 A.D., Second Wife of Constantine the Great

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Fausta is depicted as Spes, the Roman personification of hope. She holds her infant children, Constantine II and Constantius II, her hopeful promise for the future of the "Republic."
RL88805. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Heraclea p. 551, 80 (R1); LRBC I 875; SRCV IV 16572; Cohen VII 17, F, some silvering remains, well centered, scratches, earthen deposits, weight 2.375 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right, hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SPES REIP-VBLICAE, Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, SMHA in exergue; scarce; $16.00 SALE PRICE $14.40


Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.

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On 3 July 324, at Adrianople, Constantine defeated Licinius forcing him to retreat to Byzantium. Crispus destroyed Licinius' fleet at the Battle of Hellespont in the Dardanelles, allowing his father to cross over the Bosporus and besiege Licinius. On 18 September, Constantine I decisively defeated Licinius at the Battle of Chrysopolis and became sole emperor.
RL88604. Billon follis, Hunter V 118 (also 2nd officina), RIC VII Heraclea 52 (R1), SRCV IV 15222, Cohen VII 74, aVF, well centered, porous, rough, small edge splits, weight 3.562 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 321 - 324 A.D.; obverse IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing left, Victory on globe presenting wreath in right hand, long eagle-topped scepter vertical behind in left, at feet captive right and eagle with wreath in beak left, X/IIΓ right, SMHB in exergue; $15.00 SALE PRICE $13.50


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

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In 296, after the Sassanid king Narseh declared war on Rome and invaded Armenia, Diocletian dispatched his son-in-law Galerius with a large army. Galerius was completely defeated near Carrhae and forced to retreat across the Euphrates to join Diocletian at Antioch. At Antioch, Diocletian forced Galerius to walk, still clad in the purple robes of an emperor, a mile in advance of his imperial cart. The message was clear: the loss at Carrhae was not due to the failings of the soldiers, but due to the failings of their commander.
RL88695. Copper post-reform radiate, RIC VI Heraclea 13, SRCV IV 12833, Cohen VI 34, Hunter V -, F, porous, weight 2.540 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 295 - 296 A.D.; obverse IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Diocletian holding parazonium, standing left, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter holding spear, HA in center; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60


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

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On 3 February 313, Constantine the Great and co-emperor Licinius met at a conference in Mediolanum (modern Milan). They issued the Edict of Milan, which established a policy of religious freedom for all, ending the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.
RL88717. Billon follis, RIC VI Heraclea 75 and VII Heraclea 5, SRCV IV 15958, Cohen VII 297, F, rough, tight flan cutting off part of legend and mintmark, weight 3.493 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 313 - 314 A.D.; obverse IMP C FL VAL CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG (to Jove the protector of the two Emperors), Jupiter standing half left, Victory on globe in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, eagle with wreath in beak at feet on left, E right, SMHT in exergue; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60


Constantius Gallus, Caesar, 28 September 351 - Winter 354 A.D.

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On 7 May 351, after Constantius Gallus arrived at Antiocha, a Jewish revolt broke out in Palestine. In 352, Gallus sent his general (magister equitum) Ursicinus to put down the revolt. The rebels destroyed Diopolis and Tiberias. Diocesarea was razed to the ground. Ursicinus gave the order to kill thousands of Jews, even children. After the revolt, a permanent garrison was stationed in Galilee.
RL88718. Bronze reduced maiorina, RIC VIII Constantinople 122, LRBC II 2044, Voetter 5, SRCV V 19018, Cohen VIII 12, F, well centered, uneven strike with parts of legends weak, scratches and marks, porous, weight 2.413 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, 11th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 353 - winter 354 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier advancing left, spearing fallen bare-headed horseman who extends arm toward soldier, shield on ground at feet, ē left center, CONSIA in exergue; scarce; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60


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

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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. Upon his father's death, 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.
RL88735. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Heraclea 32 (R2), SRCV V -, Hunter V -, F, mottled green patina, well centered, traces of silvering, weight 2.514 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 318 - 320 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL CONSTANTINVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left holding scepter in right and mappa in left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with three turrets, dot in right field, SMHE in exergue; scarce; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60


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

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In 326, Constantine traveled to Rome to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his accession to power.
RL88738. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Heraclea 78, LRBC I 872, SRCV V 17641, Hunter V -, VF/aF, full borders centering, porous, rough, weight 2.560 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with two turrets, star above, SMHΓ in exergue; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60


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

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The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."
RL88750. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Heraclea 111, LRBC I 898, SRCV IV 16353, Cohen VII 256, F, well centered, mottled green patina, rough, weight 2.567 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 330 - 333 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette and laurel 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, SMHΓ in exergue; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60




  



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