LICINIUS II, as Caesar
AE Follis. 2.0g, 21.5mm
MINTED: Cyzicus mint, AD 321-324
REF: RIC VII Cyzicus 18 (R1)
OBVERSE: DN VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, spear in right hand over shoulder, shield on left shoulder.
REVERSE: IOVI CONS-ERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, holding eagle-tipped sceptre and Victory on globe; in lower left field eagle with wreath in beak standing left, head right, in lower right field a captive seated right; X over IIΓ in right field, SMKΔ in exergue.
Choice Very Fine. Beautiful desert patina and a wonderful military bust of young Licinius Junior. Minor flan crack on reverse. The Γ in the right field mark is not actually a gamma, but a symbol denoting "a half", with "X over IIΓ" hence an indication of a retariffing implemented briefly by Licinius I that halved this denomination to twelve and a half denarii communes (the 'd.c.' being a unit of accounting not be confused with the earlier denarius denomination). An interesting and lovely coin!
Licinius II, or Licinius Junior, was the son of Licinius I. He was just 20 months old when he was given the title Caesar in 317. In 325, his father was executed by rival co-emperor, Constantine I, and the following year, Constantine had Licinius Junior was killed as well despite the fact that he was the son of Constantine's half-sister, Constantia.
LICINIUS II, as Caesar . AD 317-324 . Follis . Beautiful desert patina
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