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    Constantine II as Caesar. 317-337 AD. Miliarense, 3.86g (1h). Nicomedia, 324-5 AD. Obv: D N CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB CAES Bust laureate, cuirassed right, seen from front, palm branch on strap of cuirass over right shoulder, fold of cloak on left shoulder. Rx: FELICITAS ROMANORVM around, SMN in exergue, Constantine the Great and his three sons standing side by side under an arch supported by two columns, all bare-headed and in military dress (cuirassed, paludamentum around neck and hanging down from left shoulder), and of different heights to indicate their different ages; in the middle Constantine I (tallest) and Crispus (second tallest), each standing left and holding spear pointing upwards in right hand and globe in left; on left, Constantine II (third tallest) standing right, holding scepter (without point) and globe; finally on right Constantius II, the shortest of the four, standing left, holding scepter in right hand but apparently without globe in left hand. Elsen 58, 1999, lot 1414 (this coin). Cf. RIC 88-89 (Constantine I, Crispus). Cf. Cohen, Constantine I, 150 (100 Fr.). Apparently unique for Constantine II at Nicomedia. Good VF.

    Ex Elsen 58, 1999, lot 1414.

    This interesting reverse type, showing the imperial family between the elevation of Constantius II to the Caesarship in 324 and the execution of Crispus in 326, is recorded at Nicomedia for Constantinus I and Crispus only by RIC 88-89. Our coin, which first appeared in Elsen 58 of 1999, adds Constantine II with this type at Nicomedia; probably Constantius II will appear someday to complete the set. The same reverse type is also recorded at Rome for Constantine II (RIC 275) and at Cyzicus for Constantine II and Constantius II (RIC 42-43). At Cyzicus, however, RIC pl. 22, 42, the height distinction between the emperors is less refined than at Nicomedia: there Crispus is only slightly less tall than Constantine I, and the two younger Caesars, left and right, are of about the same height.


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