CONSTANTINE II, as Caesar
AE3. 2.58g, 20mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 319
REF: RIC VII Siscia 72 (R4)
OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories standing facing holding a wreath inscribed VOT/PR above a plain altar; ЄSIS• in exergue.
Almost Very Fine.
The reverse legend of this type, VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, translates to "Joyous Victory to the Eternal Prince."
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 . "VICTORIA LAETAE"
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