CONSTANTINE II, as Caesar
AD 316-337

AE3. 3.36g, 19.5mm

MINTED: Trier mint, AD 326
REF: RIC VII Trier 479 (C3)
OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left.

REVERSE: PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS, campgate with six layers, two turrets, star above; STR dot-in-crescent in exergue.


Grade/Notes:

Almost Very Fine. Dark green-blue patina; some roughness. Portrait with distinctive bulky shoulder pads characteristic of the Trier mint.

 

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, as Caesar . AD 316-337 . AE3 . Campgate

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