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    Choice Mint State 'Star' Constantius II Innovation

    Constantius II, as Augustus (AD 337-361). AV solidus (20mm, 4.50 gm, 2h). NGC Choice MS★ 5/5 - 4/5. Sirmium, AD 351-355. FL IVL CONSTAN-TIVS PERP AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust of Constantius II facing, head slightly right, spear in right hand over shoulder, shield in left decorated with horseman motif / GLORIA-REI-PVBLICAE, Roma enthroned facing, head right, spear in left hand, and Constantinopolis enthroned left, scepter in left hand, jointly holding between them with their right hands a shield inscribed VOT/XXX/MVLT/XXXX/•; •SIRM crescent right in exergue. RIC VIII 6. Cohen 112. Depeyrot 4/1. A remarkably detailed facing bust in high relief on brilliant lustrous surfaces.

    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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