CONSTANS, as Caesar
AE3. 1.54g, 16.5mm
MINTED: Cyzicus mint, AD 336-337
REF: RIC VII Cyzicus 142 (R3)
OBVERSE: FL IVL CONSTANS NOB C, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: GLOR•-IA EXERC-ITVS, two soldiers standing with spears and shields, facing one standard between them, o in banner; SMKΔ in exergue.
Almost Extremely Fine/Very Fine. Sharply-struck portrait.
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, as Caesar . AD 333-337 . AE4 . "GLORIA EXERCITVS" . Cyzicus
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