CONSTANTINE II BRONZE AE3__Two Soldiers and Two Military Standards___CAESAR AT 7

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 17, 2015
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FRASCATIUS ANCIENTS

A BEAUTIFUL BRONZE AE3 OF CONSTANTINE II (Flavius Claudius Constantinus) FROM 337 – 340 AD.

He was eldest son of Constantine the Great and Fausta. He initially inherited all the Western portions of the empire except for Africa and Italy.

THE SIZE IS 18.7 MM AND 2.43 GRAMS.

Sear 3951v

OBVERSE – Laureate bust

REVERSE – Two soldiers stg. facing one another, holding spear in outer hand, inner hand resting on shield set on ground; between them two standards

Flavius Claudius Constantinus, known in English as Constantine II, (316-340) was Roman Emperor from 337 to 340. The eldest son of Constantine the Great and Fausta, he was born at Arles, and was raised as a Christian.

On March 1 317, Constantine was made Caesar, and at the age of seven in 323, took part in his father's campaign against the Sarmatians. At the age of ten he became commander of Gaul, after the death of his half-brother Crispus. An inscription dating to 330 records the title of Alamannicus, so it is probable that his generals won a victory over the Alamanni. His military career continued when Constantine I elected his son field commander during the 332 campaign against the Goths.

Following the death of his father in 337, Constantine II became emperor jointly with his brothers Constantius

He was the guardian of his younger brother Constans, whose portion was Italia, Africa and Illyricum. As Constans came of age, Constantine would not relinquish the guardianship and in 340 he marched against Constans in Italy, but was defeated at Aquileia and he was killed in an ambush in Cervignano del Friuli. Constans came to control his deceased brother's realm.

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