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Constantine II, Constans, Constantius II, Vetranio, Magnentius, Gallus, Julian II, Jovian.
2023, June 8: Constantine, at the top.
Skip past the newest and jump down to Constantinian in chronological order.
SOLI INVICTO COMITI
with the rare field marks
RIC VII Lugdunum (Lyons) "r3"
This field mark was used with Licinius, so we know that date of the issue was when he was on good terms with Licinius, after their first civil war.
Ding on the back of his head.
Executed by his father in 326.
FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES
PLGC Lugdunum mint
RIC VII Lyons 220 "r3"
Nice portrait, left. [$27]
Constantine II as Caesar, 317-337
XIIΓ for 12 1/2 (the denomination)
He looks like a boy, which he was.
Constantine cuirassed in dramatic helmet right
VO/TIS/XX in base holding globe.
Nice helmet [$26]
18 mm. Small.
VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP
Two Victories holding shield with VOT/PR
Well-centered with full legend.
Constantine II, 317-337-340
19-18 mm. 3.63 grams.
Roma seated on shield right, inscribing X/V on shield.
Vows for 15 years>
P R in field
RIC VII Rome 156 p. 315 "318-319"
Light earthen cover. [$26]
Delmativs, Caesar 335-337
This coin struck 18 Sept. - end of 335
with two standards
between two soldiers (One standard took over in 336 and was smaller)
18 mm. 2.42 grams.
Large for a Delmatius. They are usually with one standard.
FL DELMATIVS NOB C
GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army)
•ASIS• for Siscia
RIC Siscia 239 (was R5 long ago but more have appeared since then)
Sear IV 16878 no photo.
[$69] Nice grade. Well-centered. Full flan. Compare with vcoins prices for other two-standard examples. (None are under $100 as I write, and they are not better.)
ex Andy Burnett at the Cumberland Coin Fair, London, March 2, 1996. Ex Esty collection.
Constantius II, 337-361
FEL TEMP REPARATIO
21 mm. 4.51 grams
"Emperor and two captives"
Emperor holding standard with bold cross.
RIC VIII Cyzicus 84 page 496
26.6-23.1 mm. Larger than an AE3.
Eastern mint portrait.
FL VAL CONSTANTINVS PF AVG
IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG
Jupiter standing left holding globe and scepter
eagle at feet left.
Not the later, smaller, type, rather the earlier, larger one.
RIC VII Cyzicus 78 "May 311-May 313" [$23]
Constantine I (307/310-337).
17mm, 2.6 g.
Pearl-and-rosette diademed head r.
(This type only at Constantinople)
Roma seated left on shield, holding Victory on globe and sceptre;
Lots of detail, however, obverse encrusted. [$10]
23 mm. 3.34 grams.
SOLI INVICTO COMITI
RIC VI Lugdundum (Lyons) 307 Struck "c. 309-310"
Excellent portrait with little wear [$22]
Constantius Gallus, 15 March 351 - Winter 354
24 mm (large AE2) 4.30 grams.
FEL TEMP REPARATIO
Galley. Emperor stanidng left on galley (The "ship of state") steered by Victory, holding Victory on gloe crowing him. III in left fiels. Star in right field.
RIC VIII Siscia 329.
Black. Slightly glossy. High grade.
On vcoins as I write I get 100 hits from a search for "Constantius Gallus" and none are of this galley type (Soldier spearing fallen horseman dominates). MA-Shops, with 116 hits, had none of this type.
CNG had this one, not quite as nice, that hammered at $100 (so, $120 plus shipping) in 2015:
Look at the old chi-rho on the standard! [$95, reduced to $89 SOLD]
Constans, son of Constantine.
19-17 mm. 1.77 grams. Slightly larger than many GE coins.
CONSTANS NOB CAES
GLORIA EXERCITVS with two standards. (Most of his have only one standard because he didn't become Caesar until 333 and the very common type soon switched from two standards to one.
RIC Thessalonica 225 "336-7"
Lovely earthen cover. [$19]
18 mm. 3.15 grams.
Bust in close-fitting helmet with low crest, right.
VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP
around two Victories holding a shield inscribed VOT/PR over table
BSIS in exergue.
RIC Siscia 53. Struck "318-9" [$39]
Rare 17-15 mm fraction. 2.14 grams.
Struck as Caesar Summer 307.
For some unclear reason Trier struck low-denomination coins hardly struck elsewhere.
FL VAL CONSTANTINVS N C
Zschucke 7.13b, plate p. 48.
RIC VI Trier 750 "R" page 214.
Failmezger 218 "R"
ex Gert Boersema on vcoins, April 7, 2008, at $243.
Not your usual Constantine, on the contray, this is a rare, smaller, denomination [$275]
An ancient imitation of the famous "bull" type.
Much smaller than the originals.
AE23-20. 5.62 grams. Bastien ANSMN 30 (1985) type of #50.
Imitations of this type are "relatively rare" according to Bastien. [$22]
Chronological order begins here!
Constantine, Commemoratives, Crispus, Delmatius, Constantine II, Constans, Constantius II, Vetranio, Magnentius, Gallus, Julian II, Jovian.
Constantine (306-307-337) and Family
Constantine as FIL AVG
FL VAL CONSTANTIUS FIL AVG
RIC Alexandria 100b.
ex Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins, auction 3, July 30, 1982, lot 168.
Read the story of FIL AVG types here: http://augustuscoins.com/ed/FILAVGG/
A lovely rust-colored follis of Alexandria.
Wonderful surfaces and excellent portrait.
Look at the abs on Genius! Seldom offered. An outstanding coin with lovely color!
Compare with this one at $2800! https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=4064125
VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP
Two Victories hold shield with "VOT PR" on it.
RIC Siscia 61
Decorated shield, which is unusual. [$69, reduced to $55 SOLD]
Thessalonica mint (type from this mint only) [$25, reduced to $21]
Ancient imitation (probably from the Danube region)
"Two Victories" reverse of Constantine
Bust left (which is unusual in this series)
ex Vecchi in London, 1996. (no ticket)
Commemoratives (AD 330-340)
RIC Trier 543, page 217 "332-3"
Sear IV 16445
High grade. Lovely even olive green patina. You can even see the face of Victory.
ex Mike Vopser at the Paddington Coin Fair in London in Spring 1996
17-16 mm. 1. 35 grams.
Two soldiers and one standard
RIC VII Constantinople 144, page 589 "r3" "336-7"
Sear IV 16484
ex Wolf at the Chicago ANA August 15, 2013. No ticket.
18 mm. 2.17 grams.
Victory with here right foot on prow
RIC Alexandria 64 or 71 "337-337"
Sear IV 16481, page 502
Remarkably wide-spread wings. [$39 SOLD]
ex. Vecchi Feb. 26, 1996, private sale in London (no ticket)
Altar and globe
mint mark PTR
RIC Trier 309 "r5"
Lovely even green patina. Wonderful crest on the helmet. [$45, reduced to $37]
VOT X in wreath
RIC Lyons 215, struck 323
Very glossy dark green patina.
High grade. Excellent portrait. [$29, reduced to $25 SOLD]
VIRTVS EXERCIT. with trophy
STR RIC Trier 251 "r4"
The trophy varieties are all rare.
[$115, reduced to $85] Crispus, 317-326, struck 320-321 [RIC]
VO/TIS/V CAESARVM NOSTRORVM PA
Unusual type with long spelling of VOTIS and no wreath.
As I write this there are 464 coins that come up with a "Crispus" search on vcoins, and none have this VOTIS type (not just variety--none of the type!) RIC VII Arles 220 "r3" from one officina only (2 mints--there are three "r5" varieties at Lyons)
one on the main page
Constantine II (317-337-340)
VOT X on standard
Con II holding Victory on globe left [$29, reduced to $25 SOLD]
[$29] Constantine II, 317-337-340. as Caesar
19 mm. 3.04 grams.
globe on altar
RIC Lugdunum 148 = 188 (r5, r3) pages 132-3.
Nice surfaces and bold strike
[$49, reduced to $35] Constantine II, 317-337-340.
Struck 319-320. RIC VII Siscia 99v (unlisted for Gamma), page 436.
VICT LAETAE PRINCE PERP, two Victories
Interesting portrait. Unlisted officina.
Constans (Caesar 333-337. Augustus 337-350)
[$12, reduced to $8] Constans, 333-337-350, struck 336-337.
15 mm. SMNA of Nikomedia. GLORIA EXERCITVS. Overall very common, this variety is "r1" in RIC. RIC Nicomedia 202.
[$49, reduced to $35] Constans. 337-350 AD. AE4.
Scarce SECVRITAS REIP.
A rare type in good grade, not ever found full flan.
RIC VIII p. 249f.
Constans. Full-size ancient imitation. AE23-20. 4.95 grams.
DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, legible letters on obverse
/illegible letter-like forms, possibly resembling "AQP" in exergue (for Aquileia mint)
Sear 3973 prototype. RIC Aquileia 99. "348- 19 Jan. 350". Page 323. Lovely hard green patina. Seldom offered.
[$85] Have you seen any full-sized FTR imitations before?
[$23. A nice example.] Constantius II, 324-337-361.
"M" on standard. An unusual variety for having the M.
AE15. GLORIA EXERCITVS, Trier mint.
RIC 108. ex Baldwin's in London, 1988.
Magnentius (AD 350-353)
Large ancient imitation
21 mm. 3.78 grams.
VOT V MVLT X on shiled held by two Victories
VICTORIA DD NN AVG ET CAE intended around
Prototype possibly RIC Lyon 122, page 186
Legend nicely garbled, but close. Good portrait.
Bastien notes a good fraction of Magnentius coins are actually imitations.
ex Baldwin's in London, May 17, 1988. [$37]
A curiosity! 12 x 9 mm piece cut out of a Magnentius chi-rho type. All that remains is the end of the X.
Bought as part of a large group of ancient imitations (although this is not an imitation, rather a piece cut down) from Italo Vecchi Jan. 29, 1996 in London.
0.71 grams. In the 5th century when AE4's were the only size AE, larger coins from earlier were cut down to match the weights of the current coins. Go to local coin shows in England and you will see very many small imitations and cut-down pieces about this size. I picked through bags and found some interesting pieces. [$13. You would need to look at thousands of coins, as I did, to find a cut-down chi-rho of Magnentius like this.]
[$57] Magnentius, 350-353
VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAE
Two victories with shied inscribed
VOT V MVLT X
SV below, RPLG in exergue.
RIC Lyons = Lugdunum 130 page 187.
Not quite as green as the picture, and the green is stable and has been since I bought it in 1994.
A very attractive example.
Vetranio (AD 350, March 25-Dec. 25, less than one year)
Constantius Gallus (AD 351-353)
Constantius Gallus, 351-354
19 mm. 2.21 grams.
RIC VIII Nicomedia 97
Lovely even green patina. [$19]
Rare Constantius Gallus, 351-354
18 mm. 1.84 grams.
Emperor standing left holding standard and spear
A type initiated by Vetranio and continued for Constantius II and Gallus.
Over 90% of Gallus coins are Soldier-spearing-fallen-horseman and only 1/3 of 1% are this rare type.
RIC VIII Siscia 356.
Rare type [$35, reduced to $29 SOLD]
Jovian (AD 363-364)
VOT V in wreath
mintmark CONSP (Constantinople)
[$23, reduced to $21]
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