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    Rare Constantius I as Augustus

    Constantius I Chlorus (AD 305-306). AV aureus (21mm, 4.94 gm, 6h).  Ticinum, AD 305-306. CONSTANT-IVS P F AVG, laureate head of Constantius right / FELICITAS AVGG NOSTR, Felicitas seated left, holding caduceus in right hand and cornucopia cradled in left arm, SMT in exergue. RIC VI 51A. Cohen 38. Calicó 4823 (R4) (this coin illustrated). Extremely rare! Lustrous. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice XF? 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex McLendon Collection (Christie's New York, 12 June 1993), lot 205. 

    With Diocletian's retirement in AD 305, Constantius Chlorus became Augustus of the West and technically the senior ruler, but his health was failing fast and Galerius was clearly dominant. Constantius had to implore Galerius to release his son Constantine, serving in the eastern court as hostage to his father's loyalty, so that the young officer could assist in a projected British campaign. The two were reunited in early 306 and campaigned jointly against the Picts, winning Constantius the title "Britannicus Maximus." But Constantius fell seriously ill that summer and died on July 25. The army immediately acclaimed Constantine as Emperor, launching the career of one of Rome's greatest rulers.  Gold aurei struck by Constantius I during his brief term as Augustus are exceedingly rare. This bold piece of the Ticinum mint shows a departure from the generic Tetrarchic style of the times and depicts Constantius as an individual, with a characteristic hooked "Roman" nose that was inherited by his more famous son.


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