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

Flavius Julius Crispus was the son of Constantine I by his first wife. A brilliant soldier, Crispus was well loved by all until 326 A.D., when Constantine had him executed. It is said that Fausta, Crispus stepmother, anxious to secure the succession for her own sons falsely accused Crispus of raping her. Constantine, learning of Fausta's treachery, had her executed too.

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

|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||reduced| |follis|
On 1 March 317, Constantine the Great and co-emperor Licinius elevated their sons Crispus, Constantine II (still an baby) and Licinius II to Caesars. After this arrangement, Constantine ruled the dioceses Pannonia and Macedonia, and established his residence at Sirmium, from where he prepared a campaign against the Goths and Sarmatians.
RL111902. Billon reduced follis, RIC VII Heraclea 18, Hunter V 71, SRCV IV 16716, Cohen VII 115, Choice aVF, much silvering remaining, well centered, scratches, edge crack, weight 3.091 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 1 Mar - end 317 A.D.; obverse D N FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate consular bust left, mappa in right hand, globe and scepter in left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with three turrets, no door, MHTΓ in exergue; ex TMC (Tom Maus Coins, Johnson City, NY); $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||centenionalis|
In 323, Constantine the Great defeated invading Goths and Sarmatians north of the Danube in Dacia, and claimed the title Sarmaticus Maximus.
RT112169. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 372, SRCV IV 16731, Cohen VII 22, VF, well centered, green patina, mild roughness, weight 2.260 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 322 - 323 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust left, spear over shoulder in right hand, oval shield on left shoulder; reverse BEATA TRAN-QVILLITAS (blessed tranquility), altar inscribed VO/TIS / XX in three lines, surmounted by celestial globe, three stars above, •STR• in exergue; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Agora Vienna (Reinhard Dollinger); $65.00 SALE PRICE $58.50


|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||centenionalis|
This type commemorates Crispus' military success against eh Alamanni on the Rhine frontier. The Alamanni were Germanic tribes living along the Rhine. In French, Germany is "Allemagne."
RT112168. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Sirmium 49, SRCV IV 16723, Cohen VII 1, VF, well centered, green patina, weight 2.482 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) mint, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse ALAMANNIA DEVICTA (Alamannia vanquished), Victory advancing left, trophy in right hand, palm frond in left hand, left foot on bound captive seated right at feet on right, SIRM in exergue; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Agora Vienna (Reinhard Dollinger); $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00 ON RESERVE


|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||solidus|
In July 324, at the Battle of Hellespont, Crispus, destroyed Licinius' naval fleet in the Dardanelles, allowing his father Constantine the ability to cross over the Bosporus into Asian provinces. Byzantium was besieged and Licinius assembled a second military force, under his newly elevated co-emperor Martinian at Lampsacus (modern Lapseki).
SH12095. Gold solidus, RIC VII Cyzicus 20, SRCV IV 16639 ($16,000 in EF), Depeyrot 16/1, Cohen VII 56 var., gVF, ex jewelry - edge repairs and gold jewelry solder, weight 4.046 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 324 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, nude bust left holding spear and shield; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG NN (harmony between our two emperors), Concordia seated left on throne, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand arm, SMKE in exergue; ex Jonathan Kern's personal collection; very rare; SOLD


Thracian or Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

|Celtic| |&| |Tribal|, |Thracian| |or| |Germanic| |Tribes,| |Pseudo-Imperial| |Coinage,| |Mid| |4th| |-| |Early| |5th| |Century| |A.D.||AE| |18|
This type was minted by and used as currency by tribes outside the Roman Empire in Thrace. It copied a Roman votive type issued under Constantine the Great. While the obverse is somewhat more similar to the Roman prototype, the reverse inscriptions are made up of only illiterate imitations of letters.
CE67628. Bronze AE 18, Imitative of Crispus types, for prototypes see RIC VII p. 379 ff. (official Roman, Ticinum mint, c. 320 - 325 A.D.), VF, weight 1.754 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 315o, tribal mint, mid 4th - early 5th century A.D.; obverse laureate bust left, illiterate blundered imitation of a legend; reverse blundered VOT X within wreath, illiterate blundered limitation of a legend around; SOLD


Barbarous Imitative, Constantine Dynasty Votive, c. 321 - 330 A.D.

|Unofficial| |&| |Barbaric|, |Barbarous| |Imitative,| |Constantine| |Dynasty| |Votive,| |c.| |321| |-| |330| |A.D.||imitative| |AE3|
A fantastic imitative with completely illiterate legends!
RL58487. Billon imitative AE3, cf. RIC VII Siscia 161 (Crispus, official, Siscia mint, 320 - 321 A.D.; ) and RIC VII 163 (Constantine II, official, Siscia mint, 320 - 321 A.D.), VF, well centered, attractive, completely illiterate legends, weight 2.534 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, unofficial mint, as caesar, c. 321 - 350 A.D.; obverse CONSIII-SNSIIC (or similar, blundered), laureate bust right; reverse IIIIIIOIINNIISIII (or similar, blundered), VOT V within wreath, ISIS in exergue; SOLD







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CRISPVSNOBILCAES
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DNCRISPVSNOBCAESAR
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