CONSTANTINE II, as Caesar
AE3. 2.42g, 19.5mm
MINTED: Alexandria mint, AD 317-320
REF: RIC VII Alexandria 26 (R3)
OBVERSE: DN FL CL CONSTANTINVS NOB C, laureate and draped bust left with globe, sceptre in left hand, mappa in right hand.
REVERSE: IOVI CONSER-VATORI CAESS, Jupiter standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, leaning on sceptre, globe in right hand; crescent in left field, B in right field, SMAL in exergue.
Very Fine. Well-centered; eye appealing desert patina.
A scarce type for Constantine II and rare from the Alexandria mint with only 8 examples presently recorded in the Nummus Bible online database.
Raised to be a soldier, 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, as Caesar . AD 316-337 . AE Follis . Rare and beautiful
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