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    Liberator of the Romans

    Magnentius (AD 350-353). AV solidus (4.62 gm). Trier, AD 350 AD. IM CAE MAGN-ENTIVS AVG, bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Magnentius right / VICTORIA. AVG LIB ROMANOR, Victory on left, standing right and holding a palm, confronting Libertas standing left and holding transverse sceptre, both supporting trophy on shaft between them, TR in exergue. RIC 247. Depeyrot 8/1; Cohen 46. Rare! Struck on a broad, heavy flan. Extremely fine.

    The usurper Magnentius portrayed himself as a champion of the common people, a role reflected in his coin portraits, where he is usually shown without a diadem or other trappings of royalty. He is also depicted realistically as a heavy, almost bloated man, in contrast to the idealized and rather generic portraits of the Constantinian rulers. Magnentius indeed showed tolerance toward both pagans and Christians in the West, but the looming civil war with Constantius II in the East soon forced him to crack down on Constantinian loyalists and other opponents of his regime.


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    January, 2012
    2nd-3rd Monday-Tuesday
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