CONSTANTINE II
AD 337-340

AE4. 1.91g, 15.5mm

MINTED: Rome mint, AD 337-340
REF: cf. RIC VIII Rome 24/36/50 (mintmark)
OBVERSE: VIC CONSTAN[TINVS AVG], laurel and rosette diademed, cuirassed bust right.

REVERSE: GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS, two soldiers standing with spears and shields, facing one standard between them; [...] in exergue.


Grade/Notes:
Very Fine.

Interesting and scarce issue with VIC obverse legend. The mintmark is almost completely off-flan, but Rome was the only mint that used this obverse legend, and solely for Constantine II. 

 

Historical Notes:

Raised to be a soldier, the Constantine Junior was accompanying his father on military campaigns when he was just seven years old, and by the time he was fifteen, he was named magister militum (commander of the army) on the battle field while Constantine was fighting the Goths.  When Constantine the Great died in AD 337, his three surviving sons divided the empire amongst themselves.  Constantine Junior, the eldest, received the provinces of Spain, Britain, and Gaul.  He was, however, not pleased with his own share of the inheritance and was soon invading the territories of his youngest brother, Constans.  In AD 340, near Aquileia, an advance party of Constan's troops caught Constantine by surprise and he was killed in the fighting.

CONSTANTINE II . AD 337-340 . AE4 . as Augustus with Rare VIC obverse legend

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