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    Incomparable Constantius Aureus

    Constantius I Chlorus, as Caesar (AD 293-305). AV aureus (20mm, 5.35 gm, 11h). Antioch, AD 296-297. CONSTANTI-VS NOB CAES, laureate head of Constantius right / HERCVLI CONS CAES, Hercules standing facing, head left, resting right hand on club set on ground and  Apples of the Hesperides in left hand, skin of Nemean lion draped over left arm, •SMAΣ in exergue. RIC VI 14 variant (no * in mintmark). Cf. Calicó 4834 (no star in left field, dot on other side of mintmark). A simply awe-inspiring tetrarchic aureus, fully struck up, with perfect mint luster. NGC Choice MS ★ 5/5 - 5/5.

    Flavius Valerius Constantius was a native of Naissus in modern Serbia. He found escape from his low social standing in the Roman army and rose steadily through the ranks. By AD 284, Constantius had been made military governor of Dalmatia. He supported Diocletian's bid for power and was rewarded with a series of important posts in the new regime. In March of AD 293, Diocletian and Maximian appointed him Caesar of the West and charged him with restoring Britain and northern Gaul, then under the separatist rule of the usurper Carausius, to Roman control. Constantius spent three years in careful preparations and launched his invasion in mid-AD 296, achieving complete surprise and total victory. The event was commemorated on a spectacular gold medallion now in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, depicting Constantius bringing the "Eternal Light" of Rome back to London. He won the reputation of a just and compassionate ruler during his years as Caesar. When Diocletian issued his edicts of persecution, Constantius, perhaps influenced by Helena, effectively ignored them and Christians found refuge in his realm. 

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