AD 316-337

AE3. 3.0g, 18.9mm

MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 320-321
REF: RIC VII Siscia 166 (R5)
OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate head right.

REVERSE: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, a wreath enclosing VOT/•/X, dot in badge at top of the wreath; ΓSIS* in exergue.


Extremely Fine. Dark black-brown patina.

An R5 rating is the rarest rating given in RIC. This officina (Γ) especially rare - of 21 examples of RIC VII Siscia 166 presently noted in the online Nummus Bible database, only 1 is from this specific workshop.


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 . "Vota in Wreath" . R5

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