AD 337-350

AE4. 1.06g, 16.2mm

MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 337-340
REF: RIC VIII Siscia 103
OBVERSE: D N CONSTANS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.

REVERSE: GLORIA EXERCITVS, two soldiers standing facing, flanking a labarum (chi-rho Christogram standard) in center, each holding spear and shield; •BSIS• in exergue


Dark blue-green patina with slight traces of original silvering remaining.   



Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, with their tag indicating list price of (US)$30. 


Historical Notes:

Constans was the youngest son of Constantine the Great. On Constantine's death, the empire was divided between his three surviving sons, with Constans receiving Italy and Africa.  He soon came into conflict with his elder brother Constantine II, and in 340 AD, the latter was killed in battle against Constans's forces.  Constans then inherited his brother's territories of Hispania, Britannia and Gaul.  He ruled with his surviving brother Constantius until AD 350, when, having made himself universally hated by his army, he was overthrown by the usurper Magnentius, a commander of the Imperial Guards.  While fleeing to Hispania, Constans was caught and executed in a small fort in southwestern Gaul. 

CONSTANS . AD 337-350 . AE4 . Soldier & Standards . Ex Forvm Ancient Coins

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