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Licinius Junior, Caesar 1 March 317 - 18 September 324 A.D.

Licinius Junior, son of Licinius I, was made Caesar while still a small child. He was deposed after his father's defeat and executed in 326 A.D.


|Licinius| |II|, |Licinius| |Junior,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |18| |September| |324| |A.D.|, follis
Nicomedia was at the center of the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians which occurred under Diocletian and his Caesar Galerius. On 23 February 303 A.D., the pagan festival of the Terminalia, Diocletian ordered that the newly-built church at Nicomedia be razed, its scriptures burnt, and its precious stones seized. The next day he issued his "First Edict Against the Christians," which ordered similar measures to be taken at churches across the Empire. At the end of the month a fire destroyed part of Diocletian's palace, followed 16 days later by another fire. Although an investigation was made into the cause of the fires, no party was officially charged, but Galerius placed the blame on the Christians. He oversaw the execution of two palace eunuchs, who he claimed conspired with the Christians to start the fire, followed by six more executions through the end of April 303. Soon after Galerius declared Nicomedia to be unsafe and ostentatiously departed the city for Rome, followed soon after by Diocletian.
RL91635. Billon follis, Hunter V 32 (also 5th officina), RIC VII Nicomedia 34 (R1), SRCV IV 15419, Cohen VII 39), aVF, well centered and struck, porosity, areas of corrosion, weight 3.201 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 317 - 318 A.D.; obverse D N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), Jupiter standing left, scepter in left, Victory on globe presenting wreath in right hand, palm frond left, pellet over E right, SMN in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $40.00 SALE |PRICE| $36.00
 


|Licinius| |II|, |Licinius| |Junior,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |18| |September| |324| |A.D.|, centenionalis
TS in the mintmark abbreviates Thessalonika. E is the Greek numeral five, for the 5th officina (mint workshop). The significance of the VI is uncertain. It may be a mark of value but that would make it difficult to explain why VII is found on some similar issues.
RL88780. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Thessalonica 114 (R3), SRCV IV 15444, Cohen VII 8, Hunter V 23 var. (no star), aVF, well centered, dark patina, light scratches, coppery high points, earthen deposits, spots of porosity, weight 2.4171 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), VOT / V in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and closed the top with a star, TSEVI in exergue; scarce; $15.00 SALE |PRICE| $13.50
 


|Licinius| |II|, |Licinius| |Junior,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |18| |September| |324| |A.D.|, follis
RIC lists this type only for Crispus but includes the following note: [Catalogue Gerin] records a hybrid obverse [Licinius II, our type]; not in [Vienna], but a pencil note concerning such a coin added to the handwritten [Otto] Voetter catalogue in [Vienna]. Obviously Voetter must have seen a coin of this description.
RL35064. Billon follis, cf. RIC Thessalonica VII, p 502, 20 (Crispus) note, and 22 (for obverse); Cohen -, nice VF, nicely centered, well struck, weight 2.570 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 317 - 318 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB CAESAR, laureate head right (small portrait); reverse PRINCIPIA IVVENTVTIS (in honor of the Prince of Youth), prince standing half right, in military dress, helmeted, spear in right hand, left hand rests on grounded shield, •TS•E• in exergue; extremely rare; SOLD







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DNVALLICINLICINIVSNOBC
LICINIVSIVNNC
LICINIVSIVNNOBC
LICINIVSIVNNOBCAES
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REFERENCES|

Bastien, P. Le Monnayage de l'Atelier de Lyon, De la Réforme Monétaire de Dioclétien à la fermeture temporaire de l'Atelier en 316 (294 - 316). Numismatique Romaine XI. (Wetteren, 1980).
Bastien, P. Le monnayage de l'atelier de Lyon. De la réouverture de l'atelier en 318 à la mort de Constantin (318 - 337). Numismatique Romaine XIII. (Wetteren, 1982).
Bruun, P. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. VII, Constantine and Licinius A.D. 313 - 337. (London, 1966).
Carson, R., P. Hill & J. Kent. Late Roman Bronze Coinage. (London, 1960).
Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 7: Carausius to Constantine & sons. (Paris, 1888).
Depeyrot, G. Les monnaies d'or de Dioclétien a Constantin I (284 - 337). (Wetteren, 1995).
Failmezger, V. Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism to Christianity, 294 - 364 A.D. (Washington D.C., 2002).
Paolucci, R. & A. Zub. La monetazione di Aquileia Romana. (Padova, 2000).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. V. Diocletian (Reform) to Zeno. (Oxford, 1982).
Sear, D. Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. IV...The Collapse of Paganism and the Triumph of Christianity, Diocletian To Constantine I, AD 284 - 337. (London, 211).
Voetter, O. Die Münzen der romischen Kaiser, Kaiserinnen und Caesaren von Diocletianus bis Romulus: Katalog der Sammlung Paul Gerin. (Vienna, 1921).

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