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    Constans, as Augustus (AD 337-350). AR light miliarense (25mm, 4.20 gm, 6h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 3/5. Thessalonica. FL IVL CONS-TANS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans right, seen from front / TRIVMFATOR-GENTIVM BARBARARVM, emperor standing facing in military dress, head left, standard in right hand with annulet on banner, resting left on grounded shield; TES to left in exergue, crowded by legends. RIC VIII 91. Scattered field marks noted for accuracy.

    From the Morris Collection.

    The youngest son of Constantine the Great, Flavius Julius Constans was proclaimed Caesar in AD 333, 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 themselves. Constans at first received only Italy and Africa as his sphere, but in a deal with Constantius II, his realm was enlarged to include the Balkan territories and Thrace. Angered by the collusion of his brothers, Constantine II invaded Italy in the spring of AD 340, but fell into an ambush and perished. In the territorial redistribution, Constans ended up controlling the entire Roman West, including Spain, Gaul, Germany and Britain. At first, he ruled with energy and ability, dealing the Franks a series of smashing defeats in AD 341-342 and conducting operations in Britain along Hadrian's Wall in AD 343. As time went on, Constans sank into indolence and depravity. He increased the already heavy tax burden on his subjects and sold magistracies to the highest bidder. 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 rebeled 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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