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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 96.

    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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