AD 337-361

AE4. 1.79g, 15.7mm
MINTED: Antioch mint, AD 337-341
REF: RIC VIII Antioch 54 (C4)
OBVERSE: CONSTAN-TIVS AVG, pearl-diademened head right.

REVERSE: GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS, two soldiers standing front, heads turned inward at one standard between them, each holding a spear and shield; pellet to left and right of banner, SMANAI in exergue.


Nice, smooth brown surfaces.  Well-centered with a sharp portrait. 


Historical Notes:

Constantius II was the longest reigning of the three sons of Constantine the Great who had divided the Roman empire amongst themselves after his death in 337.  By 340, only Constantius and Constans remained.  In 350, the usurper Magnentius revolted against Constans and had been him assassinated.  Constantius went to war with Magnentius, defeated him in 353, and was left the sole ruler of the Roman empire.  With his cousins Gallus and Julian serving as Caesars, Constantius spent much of the next few years contending with raiding Alamanni, more usurpers, and an invasion by the Sassanian Empire.  His final challenge came when the legions under Julian revolted and declared him emperor, forcing Constantius to prepare for war against his own heir apparent.  Before their forces were able to meet, Constantius fell seriously ill and died of fever in Cilicia, after acknowledging Julian his successor.

CONSTANTIUS II . AD 337-361 . AE4 . GLORIA EXERCITVS . *Excellent example*

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