CONSTANTINE II, as Caesar
AE3. 2.84g, 19.4mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 320
REF: RIC VII Siscia 126 (R2)
OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate bust left in consular robe holding Victory on globe in right and mappa in left.
REVERSE: VIRTVS-EXERCIT, standard inscribed VOT / X in two lines, flanked by bound captives on each side; S in left field, F over HL in right field, ΓSIS* in exergue.
Very Fine. Slightly rough and glossy dark brown patina. Nicer in hand.
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 . "Standard and Captives"
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