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    Choice 'Star' Gold Solidus from Sirmium

    Constantius II (AD 337-361). AV solidus (21mm, 4.51 gm, 7h). NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 4/5. Sirmium, AD 351-355. FL IVL CONSTAN-TIVS PERP AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Constantius II facing, head slightly right, spear in right hand over shoulder, shield in left decorated with horseman motif / GLORIA  REI-PVBLICAE, Roma enthroned facing, head right, spear in left hand, and Constantinopolis enthroned left, scepter in left hand, jointly holding between them with their right hands a shield inscribed VOT/XXX/MVLT/XXXX/•; pellet within crescent SIRM in exergue. RIC VIII 9. Cohen 112. Depeyrot 7/1. A remarkably detailed facing bust with some pleasing scattered light toning on lustrous surfaces.

    From the Collection of A Scottish Gentleman. Ex Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection (Heritage Auctions, CICF 3032, 10 April 2014), lot 23369; Spink (London, January 1987), lot 344.

    The armored three-quarter facing bust type seen on this solidus was an innovation by Constantius II that became an archetype for Late Roman and Byzantine coinage struck at Eastern mints. Later die engravers took less care to produce a distinctive portrait, however, and from the later fourth century forward the imperial busts became generic and virtually interchangeable. 


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