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    Constantine II: Caesar in Waiting

    Constantine II as Caesar (AD 317-337). AV solidus (20mm, 4.58 gm, 6h).  Trier, AD 326-327. FL CL CONSTAN-TINVS IVN N C,  laureate head of Constantine II right / PRINCIPI IV-VENTVTIS, Constantine II standing right as Prince of Youth, in military attire and with cloak spread, holding transverse spear in right hand and globe in left; TR in exergue. RIC 500. Cohen 142. Alföldi 347. Well-struck in choice metal, with gem-like luster. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice AU? 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Dreesmann Collection (Spink London, 13 April 2000), lot 150. 

    Flavius Claudius Constantinus, second son of Constantine I the Great, was probably less than a year old when he was first proclaimed Caesar in AD 316, along with his adolescent half-brother, Crispus. The younger Constantine was one of three sons from his father's marriage to Fausta, whose intrigues on behalf of her boys eventually led to the execution of Crispus in AD 326, followed by her own death a few months later. Thus at the age of 10, Constantine II found himself both motherless and senior heir to the Roman Empire. His brothers Constans and Constantius II were soon also raised to the rank of Caesar, though as eldest Constantine retained preeminence. He underwent years of military and governmental training, primarily at the Western provincial capital of Trier on the German frontier, and accompanied his father on several campaigns. In AD 335, the elder Constantine redrafted the succession, bringing in his nephews Delmatius and Haniballianus to create an unwieldy five-way split of the empire. But when Constantine died in AD 337, the three brothers arranged for the execution of the two nephews and divided the empire between them. 

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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