CONSTANTINE II, as Caesar
AD 316-337

AE Reduced Follis. 2.98g, 17.8mm

MINTED: Cyzicus mint, AD 317-320
REF: RIC VII Cyzicus 12 (R2)
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; wreath in left field, delta in right field, SMK in exergue.


Notes:

Almostly perfect struck and centered, from fresh dies and with little circulation wear. An absolutely delightful example of the type. 

Born in AD 316, Constantine II would have been between 1 to 3 years of age when this coin was issued in his name.  The die engraver's small but detailed bust was appropriate for a young child who also the son of an emperor.    

 

Provenance: 

From an old Swiss collection, purchased in the 1960s or 1970s from Numiphil Basel (with the collector’s old tag)

 

Historical Notes:

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 . *Excellent and pedigreed example*

SKU: 3694
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