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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.||centenionalis|NEW
The reverse probably advertises the resettlement and protection of Christian Goths in 348. Persecuted by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric, Wulfila obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia. They settled near Nicopolis ad Istrum.
RL97856. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 59 (also 2nd officina), RIC VIII Nicomedia 70, LRBC II 2291, SRCV V 18698, Cohen VII 18, gF, well centered, tight flan, light corrosion, weight 3.793 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left, globe in right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans or soldier, in military dress, walking right, looking back, holding spear, leading barbarian from hut under tree, SMNB in exergue; $40.00 (€32.80)
 


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D., Mule with Constantius II Reverse

|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.,| |Mule| |with| |Constantius| |II| |Reverse||solidus|
An interesting mule between a Constans obverse and a Constantius II reverse. The correct legend for Constans is VOT X MVLT XX.
SH24842. Gold solidus, Depeyrot p. 215, 6/5 (2 spec);obverse RIC VIII Thessalonica 74 / reverse Constantius II RIC VIII Thessalonica 71, Choice EF, full circle centering, weight 4.238 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 340 - 350 A.D.; obverse CONSTANS AVGVSTVS, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, all within wreath; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVGG (victories of our two lord emperors), two victories facing one another, holding wreath inscribed VOT XX MVLT XXX, TES in exergue, all in wreath; ex Harlan Berk; very rare; SOLD


|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.||siliqua|
Constans began his reign in an energetic fashion. In 341 - 342, he led a successful campaign against the Franks, and in the early months of 343 he visited Britain. The source for this visit, Julius Firmicus Maternus, does not provide a reason, but the quick movement and the danger involved in crossing the channel in the dangerous winter months suggests it was in response to a military emergency, possibly to repel the Picts and Scots.
RS28057. Silver siliqua, RIC VIII Trier 164 (R), RSC 161a, SRCV V 18504, Choice about Mint State, weight 3.603 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 1st group, 342 - 343 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONS-TANS P F AVG, rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE D N AVG (victories of our lord emperor), two Victories standing facing each other, holding wreath inscribed VOT / V / MVLT / X, TR in exergue; rare; SOLD







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OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

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


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