CONSTANTINE II, as Caesar
AE4. 1.31g, 16mm
MINTED: Nicomedia mint, AD 336-337
REF: RIC VII Nicomedia 200 (R1)
OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS, two soldiers standing with spears and shields, facing one standard between them, o in banner; SMNB in exergue.
Almost Very Fine.
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 . AE4 . "GLORIA EXERCITVS" . Nicomedia
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