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    Unlisted Constantius II Trier Medallion

    Constantius II, as Augustus (AD 337-361). AR medallion of four heavy siliquae or three light miliarenses (38mm, 13.33 gm, 6h). NGC (photo-certificate) Choice VF 5/5 - 3/5. Trier, AD 340-350. FL IVL CONSTANTIVS PIVS FELIX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius II right, seen from front / TRIVMFATOR GENTI-VM BARBARARVM, emperor standing facing in military attire, head left, labarum with wreath on banner in right hand; TR in exergue. RIC VIII -, cf. RIC 79 (Thessalonica). Cohen 194 (Thessalonica). Gnecchi 50 (Thessalonica). Extremely rare as a type, but unpublished and unique for the Trier mint.

    From the Morris Collection. Ex Ars Classica (April 2000), lot 735; F. Trau Collection (Gilhofer & Ranschburg, A. Hess AG, Auktion 22, May 1935, Vienna), lot 4268; Catalogue des médailles romaines composant la collection de feu m. le marquis de Moustier, rédigé sous la direction de M.H. Hoffman (17 June 1872, Paris), lot 3646.

    This stunning and unique silver medallion was struck at Trier, probably as a special handout to military officers and important civilians. The reverse depicts Constantius in full armor and emblazoned with the grandiose legend "Conqueror of the Barbarian Peoples".




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