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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; $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00


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


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


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


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


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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"This reverse is modeled after the famous statue of the Spirit of the Roman People in the Roman Forum. It is unclear when this statue was last seen as it is now lost. Although the coins celebrate a wide range of spirits (e.g., Rome, Augustus, the Army, etc.), the basic design comes from the same statue...The act of pouring the libation to the emperor illustrates what the Christians were required to do in order not to be persecuted." -- Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism to Christianity 294-364 A.D. by Victor Failmezger
RL88759. Billon follis, RIC VI Heraclea 17b corr. (obv legend), SRCV IV 13265, Cohen VI 184, Hunter V -, F, well centered, rough, corrosion, earthen deposits, weight 5.480 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 296 - 297 A.D.; obverse IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head (smaller head) right; reverse GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (to the guardian spirit of the Roman People), Genius standing slightly left, head left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, kalathos on head, pouring libations from patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, HTΓ in exergue; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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Heraclea, the Greek city of Perinthos, later known as Heraclea Thraciea 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. Mint marks: H, HERAC, HERACL, HT, MHT, SMH, SMHT.
RL88589. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 53 (also 4th officina); RIC V, part II, 607; Cohen VI 53; SRCV IV 13115, F, full legends, broad flan, rough, weight 3.601 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 286 - 295 A.D.; obverse IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Maximianus standing right with short scepter, Jupiter standing left presenting Victory on globe with right and holding long scepter vertical behind in left, ∆ between them, XXIē in exergue; $13.00 SALE PRICE $11.70


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

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Jupiter or Jove, Zeus to the Greeks, was the king of the gods and god of the sky and thunder, and of laws and social order. As the patron deity of ancient Rome, he was the chief god of the Capitoline Triad, with his sister and wife Juno. The father of Mars, he is, therefore, the grandfather of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome.
RL88813. Billon reduced follis, Hunter V 70 (also 1st officina), RIC VII Heraclea 55 (R1), SRCV V 17124, Cohen VII 133, F, well centered, a little rough, weight 2.775 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 321 - 324 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL CONSTANTINVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing left holding Victory and eagle-tipped scepter; eagle to left and captive to right, XIIΓ in field, SMHA in exergue; scarce; $12.00 SALE PRICE $10.80







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