Constans

337 - 350 A.D.

The middle child of Constantine's three surviving sons, Constans inherited the domains of Italy and the Roman provinces in Africa after the death of his father in 337. No sooner than this happened Constans and Constantine II began squabbling over who got what and the latter meant to settle the issue with his army. However, luck remained with Constans who easily appropriated all of Constantine II's former territories when Constantine died in battle; thus becoming the de facto ruler of the West. He held on to power for another ten years until the embattled Constantius II raised eyebrows within his own army and his top general, Magnentius, proclaimed himself the emperor. Bereft of an army, Constans had no real power and escaped as best he could. His former soldiers found him hiding in a temple, dragged him out of it and killed him.

Solidus

RIC 97 (Constantinopolis) Solidus Obv: FLCONSTANSNOBCAES, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: CONSTANSNOBCAESAR Exe: CONS; Victory walking left, holding palm and wreath. Lot sold for $1,385 9/19/01.


RIC 129 (Trier) Solidus Obv: CONSTANSAVGVSTVS, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAEDDNNAVGG, two Victories standing facing holding between them a wreath inscribed VOT/X/MVLT/XX in four lines.


Siliqua

RIC 35 (Trier) Siliqua Obv: FLIVLCONSTANSAVG, laureate head right
Rev: PRINCIPIIVVENTVTIS Exe: TR(officina), Constans standing right, holding reversed spear and globe, spurning with foot captive seated on right.


RIC 68 (Siscia) Siliqua Obv: FLIVLCONSTANSPFAVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: CONSTANSAVG Exe: SIS(crescent), three palm branches, star above. Lot sold for $1,000 1/16/02.


AE2

RIC 72 (Cyzicus) AE2 Obv: CONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left.
Rev: FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: SMK(officina); Emperor dragging barbarian from hut under tree.


RIC 72c (Cyzicus) AE2 Obv: CONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left.
Rev: FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: •SMK(officina); Emperor dragging barbarian from hut under tree. Lot sold for $4 2/3/02.


RIC 103 (Aquileia), LRBC 888 AE2 Obv: CONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left.
Rev: FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: AQP•; Emperor dragging barbarian from hut under tree.


RIC 254 (Siscia), LRBC 1153 AE2 Obv: CONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left. "A" behind bust.
Rev: FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: A/(officina)SIS•; Soldier spearing fallen horseman.


AE3

RIC 87 (Siscia) AE3 Obv: CONSTANSPFAVG - Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: GLORIAEXERCITVS Exe: (officina)SIS - Two soldiers standing either side of one standard.


RIC 109 (Thessalonica) AE3 Obv: DNCONSTANSPFAVG - Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: TES(officina) - Emperor standing left on boat and holding phoenix; in the stern siting Victory; steering ship.


RIC 120 (Thessalonica), LRBC 1642 AE3 Obv: DNCONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: TES(officina); Constans, holding labarum and Phoenix on globe, standing in galley piloted by Victory. Lot sold for $7 2/14/02.


RIC 122 (Thessalonica) AE3 Obv: DNCONSTANSPFAVG - Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed; "A" behind bust.
Rev: FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: A/TS(officina) - Emperor in military dress standing left, holding Victory on a globe and a standard with Chi-Rho in the banner; with his right foot Victory steers the galley they are both aboard. Lot sold for $3 2/28/02.


RIC 201 (Thessalonica) AE3 Obv: CONSTANSNOBCAES - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: GLORIAEXERCITVS Exe: SMTS(officina) - Two soldiers standing either side of one standard. Lot sold for $2 2/20/02.


RIC 212 (Siscia) AE3 Obv: CONSTANSPFAVG - Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: (officina)SIS(symbol) - Pheonix on a pyre.


RIC 226 (Thessalonica) AE3 Obv: FLCONSTANSNOBCAES- Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: GLORIAEXERCITVS Exe: SMTS(officina) - Two soldiers standing either side of one standard. Lot sold for $18 2/19/02.


AE4

RIC 52 (Rome), LRBC 620 AE4 Obv: DNFLCONSTANSPFAVG; Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GLORIAEXERCITVS Exe: (branch)R(officina)(branch) - Two soldiers standing either side of one standard.


RIC 83 (Aquileia), LRBC 707 AE4 Obv: CONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAEDDAVGGQNN Exe: F/AQ(officina) - Two Victories facing each other.


RIC 101 (Thessalonica) AE4 Obv: CONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAEDDAVGGQNN Exe: SMTS(officina) - Two Victories facing each other.


RIC 103 (Siscia), LRBC 784 AE4 Obv: DNCONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GLORIAEXERCITVS Exe: (officina)SIS•; Two soldiers standing either side of one standard.


RIC 183 (Siscia), LRBC 799 AE4 Obv: DNCONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAEDDAVGGQNN Exe: (officina)SIS - two Victories facing each other.


RIC 185 (Siscia) AE4 Obv: CONSTANSPFAVG - Diademed bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: VICTORIAEDDAVGGQNN Exe: •(officina)SIS• - Two Victories standing and facing each other; both hold a wreath and palm.


RIC 185 (Trier) AE4 Obv: DNCONSTANSPFAVG; Diademed, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAEDDAVGGQNN Exe: TR(officina); two Victories facing each other. Lot sold for $20 2/20/02.