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Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

Constans was the youngest son of Constantine I and Fausta. Born around 320, Constans inherited part of the Western Empire upon its division among the sons of Constantine. In 340, his brother, Constantine II, invaded his territory but was defeated and killed leaving Constans in total control of the West. In 350, however, the general Magnentius rebelled and Constans fled as his legions switched sides. He was overtaken and killed while trying to escape to Spain.

|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.|, |quarter| |maiorina|
In 348, the Goth bishop Wulfila escaped religious persecution by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric and obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia and settle near Nicopolis ad Istrum (Bulgaria).
RL89952. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Thessalonica 120, LRBC II 1642, SRCV 18732, Cohen VII 10, Hunter V -, Choice EF, excellent centering and strike, green patina, weight 2.574 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans standing left in galley left, Phoenix on globe in right hand, labarum in left hand, Victory seated in stern steering, TESB in exergue; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00


|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.|, |quarter| |maiorina|
The Roman poet Ovid tells the story of the Phoenix: 'Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind which reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived five hundred years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, or on the top of a palm tree. In this it collects cinnamon and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out its last breath amidst odors. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix issues forth, destined to live as long a life as its predecessor. When this has grown up and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle and its parent's sepulcher), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.'
RL91651. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Trier 228, LRBC II 33, SRCV V 18708, Cohen VII 22, VF, a little rough, edge a little ragged, weight 2.244 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Phoenix radiate standing right on a rocky mound, TRP in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."
RL92708. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Antioch 53, LRBC I 1387, SRCV V 18561, Cohen VII 53, Hunter V -, VF, attractive dark patina with highlighting red earthen deposits, centered on a tight flan, some porosity, weight 1.513 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 315o, 9th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 346 - 348 A.D.; obverse CONST-ANS AVG, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, two dots above, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMANΘ in exergue; $28.00 SALE |PRICE| $25.00


|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity," for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.6th Century Antioch

RL92695. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Antioch 116, LRBC I 1399, Hunter V 63 var. (officina), Cohen VII 196, VF, black patina, red earthen deposits, light marks, closed edge crack, weight 1.367 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, 10th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl-diademed head right; reverse VOT / XV / MVLT / XX in four lines within wreath, SMANI in exergue; $19.00 SALE |PRICE| $17.10


|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity," for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.6th Century Antioch

RL92701. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Antioch 116, LRBC I 1399, Hunter V 63 var. (officina), Cohen VII 196, F, dark patina, red earthen deposits, tight flan, reverse a little off center, weight 2.143 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 0o, 10th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl-diademed head right; reverse VOT XV MVLT XX in wreath, SMANI in exergue; $19.00 SALE |PRICE| $17.10


|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
In 331 A.D., Constantine I vigorously promoted Christianity, confiscating the property and valuables of a number of pagan temples throughout the Empire.
RL88781. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 87 (R2), LRBC I 1230, SRCV V 18356, Cohen VII 75, Hunter V -, F, dark green patina, tight flan, porous, weight 1.305 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 331 - 334; obverse FL IVL CONSTANS 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, SMKΓ in exergue; rare; $10.00 SALE |PRICE| $9.00







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OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

CONSTANSAVG
CONSTANSAVGVSTVS
CONSTANSCAESAR
CONSTANSPFAVG
DNCONSTANSPFAVG
FLCONSTANSNOBCAES
FLCONSTANTISBEAC
FLIVLCONSTANSAVG
FLIVLCONSTANSNOBC
FLIVLCONSTANSNOBCAES
FLIVLCONSTANSPERPAVG
FLIVLCONSTANSPFAVG
FLIVLCONSTANSPIVSFELIXAVG


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