Flavius Julius Constantius, 337-340 AD


ID Number: AC05-0202
Category: Ancient Coins
Description: Flavius Julius Constantius, 337-340 AD
Country or State: Eastern Roman Empire (Constantinopolis)
Year: 9 September 337 - April 340 A.D
Head of State/Ruler: Constantius II (Full Name Flavius Julius Constantius Augustus), 61st Emperor of the Roman Empire
Reign: 324 (13 November) – 337 (22 May): Caesar under his father, Constantine I; 337 – 340: co-Augustus (ruled Asian provinces & Egypt) with Constantine II and Constans; 340 – 350: co-Augustus (ruled Asian provinces & Egypt) with Constans; 350361 (3 November): Sole Augustus of the Roman Empire
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Subject/Theme: Constantinopolis (city commemorative)
Obverse: Constantinopolis' helmeted bust left in imperial cloak, scepter over left shoulder  
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Reverse: Victory standing left, right foot on prow, scepter in right, resting left on grounded shield
Reverse Legend: SMALA. (in ex.)
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Edge: Irregular
Note: Alexandria mint (RIC lists as common but we believe this type from Alexandria is scarce)
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Composition: Bronze
Diameter: 20.0 mm (irregular)
Weight: 2.8 grams
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Other Catalog Number: RIC VIII 17
State of Conservation: Extremely Fine (XF), well preserved with very light traces of natural green patina
Rarity: Scarce

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Constantine and his sons issued a few different types of commemoratives from 330-346. These were issued to mark the foundation of Constantinople and to also re-affirm Rome as the traditional center of the Empire. Thirteen mints produced these types: Trier, Lugdunum (Lyons), Arelate (Arles), Aquileia, Rome, Siscia, Thessalonica, Heraclea, Constantinople, Nicomedia, Cyzicus, Antioch and Alexandria. The two most common are the CONSTANTINOPOLIS (Victory on a prow) and VRBS ROMA (wolf and twins) types. The female figure on the obverse is the personification of Constantinople or Rome. The wolf and twins type depict Romulus and Remus (the founders of Rome) being suckled by the she-wolf. The two stars on the reverse represent the dioscuri ( the twins Castor and Pollux).