AE2. 4.45g, 23mm
MINTED: Lugdunum mint, 1st officina, AD 351
REF: RIC VIII Lugdunum 126; Bastien 174
OBVERSE: DN MAGNEN-TIVS P F AVG, barehead, draped and cuirassed bust right; A to left.
REVERSE: VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAE, two Victories standing facing one another, holding wreath inscribed VOT/V/MVLT/X in four lines; SV in field below, RPLG in exergue.
Almost Extremely Fine. Abundance of original silvering on surfaces. Sharp and well-centered.
Ex GH Collection
Magnentius was an Anglo-Frankish soldier who served in the army of Constantine the Great. Under the rule of Constans, he became commander of the elite Imperial Guard units, the Joviani and the Herculiani. Observing the growing disatisfaction of the armies with the misrule and tyranny of Constans, Magnentius declared himself Augustus in 350 at Augustodunum during the birthday party of Constan's Minister of Finance. The legions unambiguously declared their support for Magnentius, and Constans was caught and killed while trying to flee to Hispania.
Constantius II, the last surviving son of Constantine the Great, quickly turned his attention towards the usurper, reclaiming first the Danubian territories, and then Italy. After an embattled three years, Magnentius made a final stand in Gaul at the Battle of Mons Seleucus in 353, where his army was utterly defeated. Magnentius proceeded to commit suicide by falling on his sword.
MAGNENTIUS, Usurper . AD 350-353 . AE2 . "Two Victories" . Silvered
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