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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |Constantinian Era| ▸ |Magnentius||View Options:  |  |  | 

Magnentius, 18 January 350 - 10 August 353 A.D.

Magnentius, commander of Constans' imperial guard, rebelled in 350 A.D. He quickly attracted the loyalty of Britannia, Gaul, and Hispania, in part because he was more tolerant towards Pagans. Control of Italia and Africa was secured through election of his men to important offices. He made his brother Decentius caesar. Constantius II, thousands of miles away fighting the Parthians in Syria, signed a hasty peace treaty ceding vast sections of territory, and marched his armies west. Magnentius advanced his armies to meet those of Constantius in the Battle of Mursa Major in 351. Magnentius led his troops into battle, while Constantius spent the day praying in a nearby church. Despite Magnentius' heroism, his troops were defeated. After a retreat into Gaul and another defeat, Magnentius committed suicide in 353.

|Magnentius|, |Magnentius,| |18| |January| |350| |-| |10| |August| |353| |A.D.||solidus|
"The 'Solidus' was a revision instituted about 310 by Constantine I to the Roman gold coin standard, the 'aureus'. The aureus weight had fluctuated but settled at five to the Roman ounce, which meant that it was not a standard weight since the Romans had no name for a fifth of an ounce. Constantine I struck solidi at six to the ounce, which equaled the Roman weight unit of the 'sextula'. Solidi were struck at about 98% fineness and were 20-21 mm's in diameter. With the defeat of the Licinii by Constantine in 324 the solidus became the standard Roman gold coin and remained so for over 600 years." - from Moneta Historical Research by Tom Schroer
SH08307. Gold solidus, RIC VIII Trier 253, SRCV V 18736, Cohen VIII 46, aEF, slight waves in flan, weight 4.30 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 350 - 351 A.D.; obverse IM CAE MAGNENTIVS AVG, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVG LIB ROMANOR (victory of the Emperor, liberator of the Romans), Victory on left, standing right, palm over shoulder in left hand; Libertas on right, standing left, scepter in left hand, together with their right hands they support a trophy of arms in center; TR in exergue; very rare (R2); SOLD


|Magnentius|, |Magnentius,| |18| |January| |350| |-| |10| |August| |353| |A.D.||reduced| |double| |maiorina|
"'Double Majorina' (pl: majorinae) is the common name for Ae1's issued by Magnentius from the end of 352 until early 353, and thus were only struck at the mints he controlled: Ambianum, Treveri, Lugdunum, and Arelate (he had abandoned Rome and Aquileia in September, 352). The Doubles are of an average weight of 8.33 grams and diameter of 26-28 millimeters (their weight is not fully 'double' since the large majorina was 5.2 gms). Struck in both the name of Magnentius and his brother, Decentius, they all bear the same reverse, the symbol of Christ (Christogram) flanked by the Greek letters 'alpha' and 'omega'." - from Moneta Historical Research by Tom Schroer
RL99280. Bronze reduced double maiorina, RIC VIII Amiens 39 (R), Bastien MM 135, LRBC II 19, SRCV V 18778, Hunter V -, gVF, centered on a tight flan, dark brown tone , mild porosity, weight 7.010 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Ambianum (Amiens, France) mint, 353 A.D.; obverse D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SALVS DD NN AVG ET CAES (the salvation of our noble emperor and caesar), large Christogram (chi-rho), flanked by alpha and omega, AMB in exergue; ex Ephesus Numismatics (Tom Wood); rare; SOLD


|Magnentius|, |Magnentius,| |18| |January| |350| |-| |10| |August| |353| |A.D.||heavy| |maiorina|
On 3 June 350, Iulius Nepotianus proclaimed himself emperor and entered Rome with a group of gladiators. On 30 June, Marcellinus, a trusted general of Magnentius, defeated and killed Nepotian. Nepotian's head was put on a lance and paraded around Rome.
SH67105. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Lyons 116 (S), LRBC II 215, SRCV V 18799, Cohen VIII 20, FDC, weight 4.909 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 18 Jan 350 - spring 351 A.D.; obverse D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), Magnentius riding right, spearing enemy, shield and broken spear on the ground, RPLG in exergue; SOLD







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REFERENCES|

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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. V: The Christian Empire: The Later Constantinian Dynasty...Constantine II to Zeno, AD 337 - 491. (London, 2014).
Vagi, D. Coinage and History of the Roman Empire. (Sidney, 1999).
Voetter, O. Die Mnzen der romischen Kaiser, Kaiserinnen und Caesaren von Diocletianus bis Romulus: Katalog der Sammlung Paul Gerin. (Vienna, 1921).

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