AE4. 1.46g, 16.3mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 347-348
REF: RIC VIII Siscia 195
OBVERSE: CONSTAN-S PF AVG, draped and cuirassed bust wearing pearl diadem with rosettes, right.
REVERSE: VICTORIAE DD AVGG Q NN, two Victories holding wreaths standing facing each other, upright palm branch between them; ESIS in exergue.
Almost Very Fine.
The reverse legend declares : Victoriae duorum dominorum augusti que nostrorum ('to the victory of our two Lord Emperors'), in reference to Constans and his brother Constantius II.
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 . "Two Victories"
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