CONSTANTINE II, as Caesar
AE3. 3.44g, 18.9mm
MINTED: Cyzicus mint, AD 324-325
REF: RIC VII Cyzicus 26 (R1)
OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left.
REVERSE: PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS, campgate with 7 layers, 2 turrets, star between; SMKΔ in exergue.
Almost Extremely Fine. Much toned silvering remaining; a truly eye appealing example with an excellent boyish portrait of Constantine II.
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 . AE3 . Beautiful silvered Campgate
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