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    Stunning Constantius II Facing Portrait Solidus

    Constantius II (AD 337-361). AV solidus (21mm, 4.47 gm, 12h). NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, 1st officina, AD 355-357. FL IVL CONST-ANTIVS P F AVG, helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Constantius II facing slightly to right, spear in right hand over shoulder, shield decorated with stellate pattern in left / GLORIA REI-PVBLICAE, Roma (on left) seated facing, spear in left hand, and Constantinopolis (on right) seated left, right foot on prow, scepter in left hand, both on double throne, holding shield between them inscribed VOT / XXX / MVLT / XXXX; palm RSMP palm in exergue. RIC VIII 291. Depeyrot 13/1. 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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