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    Antioch Solidus of Constantius II

    Constantius II (AD 337-361). AV solidus (21mm, 4.50 gm, 6h). Antioch mint, 3rd officina, AD 347-355. FL IVL CONSTAN-TIVS PERP AVG, pearl and rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / GLORIA REI-PVBLICAE Roma seated facing and Constantinopolis seated half-left, foot on prow, each holding scepter, supporting shield between them inscribed VOT/XX/MVLT/XXX in four lines; SMANΓ. RIC VIII 83. Depeyrot 6/3. Obverse die break, otherwise cleanly struck and pleasing. NGC Choice AU? 5/5 - 5/5. 

    The third son of Constantine the Great, Constantius II was the most successful of Constantine's heirs. Born in AD 317, Flavius Julius Valerius Constantius was raised to the rank of Caesar along with his younger brother Constans in AD 324. Upon their father's death, the three sons of Constantine carved up the Empire among themselves, Constantius receiving the prosperous Eastern portion of the Roman Empire. A long-running border war with the Sasanian Persians kept Constantius preoccupied, and when Constans was overthrown by the usurper Magnentius in AD 350, it took Constantius a year to disengage his army and march westward to put down the pretender. With the Persians again threatening the eastern frontier, Constantius named his cousin Julian as Caesar in AD 355 to mind affairs in the west while he returned to Antioch. But Julian's popularity roused Constantius's suspicious nature. He forced Julian into open revolt in AD 360, but before full-scale civil war could erupt, Constantius fell suddenly fell ill and died in on November 3, AD 361. He had reigned with dour, plodding competence for 24 years and left a fairly stable and prosperous Empire to his successors.


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