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    Constans (AD 337-350). AV solidus (4.60 gm). Trier, AD 345. CONSTANS AVGVSTVS, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans right / VICTORIAE DD NN AVGG, two Victories, draped, standing facing one another, holding between them wreath with VOT / X / MVLT / XX; TR in exergue. RIC VIII 135. Depeyrot 6/3, p. 108. Cohen 171. Cleanly struck and attractive. Good extremely fine.

    The youngest son of Constantine the Great, Flavius Julius Constans was born between AD 320 and 323. On Christmas Day in AD 333, his father proclaimed him Caesar, thus making him coequal with his elder brothers Constantine II and Constantius II. When Constantine died in May of AD 337, the three brothers executed most of their male relations and divided the Roman Empire among them. After the defeat and death of Constantine II in AD 340, Constans ended up controlling the entire Roman West, including Spain, Gaul, Germany and Britain. At first, he ruled with energy and ability, but soon Constans sank into indolence and depravity. Worse for his own security, he showed open contempt for the soldiery, on whom his power rested. In January of AD 350, a cabal of senior officers rebelled and hailed the half-barbarian general Magnentius as emperor. Constans attempted to flee toward Spain, but was overtaken and murdered by one of Magnentius's agents.


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    January, 2011
    2nd-3rd Sunday-Monday
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