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Constantius II, as Caesar


Constantius II, as Caesar. A.D. 324-337. Æ medallion of 1 1/2 solidus module (5.88 g). Constantinople, ca. A.D. 333-337. FL IVL CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right // TRIVMFVS CAESARVM, Victory facing, holding wreath in right hand, globe in left, in frontal quadriga with two horses at each side; CON. Good VF, brown patina, scattered pitting. Apparently unpublished. Ex Triton VI (14 January 2003), 1095. Realized USD 1200 on an estimate of USD 2000. The obverse bust ties this previously unknown medallion with a series of gold 1 1/2 solidi struck for Constantine I and his sons in the later years of his reign. (Cf. Dressel, Die Romische Medaillione 237 for a nearly identical obverse of Constantius II). The reverse type, with Victory in quadriga proclaiming the "Triumph of the Caesars" is completely unknown in any format. Contemporary large module gold pieces and medals bear the legends VIRTVS CAESARVM or TRIVMFATOR GENTIVM BARBARVM, relating to victories against the tribes menacing the Dacian border a campaign nominally commanded by Constantine II, but with Constans and Constantius II also present.

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