CONSTANTINE II, as Caesar
AE3. 2.58g, 19.2mm
MINTED: Heraclea mint, AD 329-330
REF: RIC VII Heraclea 107 (R2)
OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS, campgate with star between 2 turrets, and 8 layers, star in left field; SMHB in exergue.
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 . Campgate . Heraclea
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