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    Two Solidus Medallion

    Constantius II. 337-361 AD. Gold medallion, two solidi, 8.55g (6h). Thessalonica, 350-5 AD. Obv: FL IVL CONSTAN - TIVS PERP AVG Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, seen from front. Rx: GLORIA - R - OMANORVM Roma and Constantinopolis enthroned, the one helmeted facing, the other, turreted and with right foot on prow, turned left towards her; each holding globe surmounted by Victory who is crowning her, and scepter; .TES. In exergue. RIC 143 (R5). Gnecchi 20 (citing our specimen and two others). Cohen 131 (500 Fr.). Beautiful medallion of wonderful style with an unusually oriented bust on the obverse depicting the emperor facing yet somehow effortlessly turning his head to the left. EF.

    Ex Triton III, 30 November 1999, lot 1209. Ex Trau Collection, Vienna, 22 May 1935, lot 4235. Ex Rollin & Feuardent, 20 April 1896, Montagu, lot 878.

    With an eminent pedigree, and apparently only the fifth recorded specimen: the others are in Berlin (Dressel 234, mintmark misreported by Gnecchi 18 and RIC 142), Copenhagen, the Capitoline Museum, and Paris before 1831 (Gnecchi 19-20).


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    April, 2011
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