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    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. 


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