Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Innovative Archetype

    Constantius II (AD 337-361). AV solidus (21mm, 4.39 gm, 6h). NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 355-357. FL IVL CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Constantius facing slightly to right, holding spear over right shoulder and shield ornamented with stellate pattern on left shoulder / GLORIA REI-PVBLICAE, Roma and Constantinopolis enthroned facing one another, holding shield between them inscribed VOT XXX MVLT XXXX, RSMP (branch) in exergue. RIC 293 (R). Depeyrot 14/1. Perfectly centered and deeply struck, with needle-sharp detail and brilliant, reflective fields.

    The armored three-quarter facing bust type seen on this solidus was an innovation by Constantius II that became an archetype for Late Roman and Byzantine coinage struck at Eastern mints. Later die engravers took less care to produce a distinctive portrait, however, and from the later fourth century forward the imperial busts became generic and virtually interchangeable. 

    View Certification Details from NGC

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2017
    3rd Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 487

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold on Aug 3, 2017 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 5 days left to consign to the 2021 May 5 - 7 World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I'm very pleased with how you run the auctions and am certain to consign coins at future events.
    Jeff H.,
    Talking Rock, GA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search