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Roman Empire

Ruler: Constantine II as Caesar Spain, Gaul and Britain
Reigned: Caesar 317-337 AD: Augustus 337-340 AD
Denomination: Billon reduced Follis
Mint: Trier
Date of Issue: 317-318 A.D.
Obverse: Bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust right "FL. CL. CONSTANTINVS IVN. N.C."
Reverse: Prince laureate in military dress, standingright, cloak spread, holding transverse spear in right hand, globe in left. "F/T" either side. "PRINCIPI IVVENTIS"
Mint marks:
Reference: RIC VII 173
Weight: 3 gms
Nominal Weight: 3.2 gms
Diameter: 19.2 mm

CONSTANTINE II (Flavius Claudius Constantinus)

  • Flavius Claudius Constantinus was the eldest son of Constantine I and Fausta and was born in 314.
  • Following Constantine's wars with Licinius, a treaty was signed at Serdica on 1st March 317. Constantine's sons Crispus and Flavius Claudius Constantinus (Constantine II) were proclaimed Caesars, as was Licinius junior.
  • In 328 he was sent to administer Gaul, where he distinguished himself against the Goths.
  • Constantine died on 22nd May 337, and his surviving sons, Constantine II, Constantius II and Constans succeeded him, each with the title Augustus (9th September 337).
  • Constantine II's share of the Empire included Britain, Gaul, and Spain.
  • Constantine had designs on his brother Constans's territory and in 340, invaded Italy.
  • The invasion was a fiasco, and Constantine's army was ambushed and he was killed near Aquileia.

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