Constantius II, as Augustus (AD 337-361). AV solidus (21mm...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Mars Shield Motif
Constantius II, as Augustus (AD 337-361). AV solidus (21mm, 4.34
gm, 6h). NGC XF 5/5 - 3/5, scuffs. Constantinople, AD 351-355.
FL IVL CONSTAN-TIVS PERP AVGV, pearl-diademed, helmeted and
cuirassed bust of Constantius II facing, head slightly right, spear
in right hand over shoulder, shield in left decorated with Mars
motif / GLORIA-REI-PVBLICAE, Roma enthroned facing, spear in left
hand, and Constantinopolis enthroned left, feet on prow, scepter in
left hand, jointly holding between them with their right hands a
shield inscribed VOT / XXX / MVLT / XXXX; CONS in exergue. RIC VIII
The shield decoration for this series is generally a horseman motif but this example clearly depicts Mars, marching left with a trophy over his right shoulder while dragging a captive by his hair.
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