Selection of Constans & Constantius II Ae Nummi

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A selection of Roman Ae nummi struck by the Emperors Constans and Constantius II in Rome and Aquielia. The obverse features the diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of the Emperor facing right. The legend frames the profiled head, denoting the name of the Emperor and his title of ‘Augustus’. The reverse depicts the emperor, in military dress, standing in prow of galley and holding phoenix on globe and standard with chi-ro on banner. At the stern sits Victory, steering the ship. The legend reads FEL TEMP REPARATIO, which can be translated as “the restorer of happy times”.

Diameter and weight will vary from coin to coin, approximately 2.1-2.3cm and 5.45-7.48g.

N.B. Please note that this is a general lot. The image is for reference only. Individual selection is not available. Single coins will be selected or two coins from different Emperors for a multiple order.

Date: AD 337-361
Provenance: From the Compton Dundon Hoard of Late Roman Coins
Condition: Fine condition. Patination to the surface.

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In 2017, a hoard of Late Roman coins was discovered in the village of Compton Dundon in Somerset, known as “The Compton Dundon Hoard”. The hoard of 564 base metal coins of the denomination “Nummus” (previously termed “Centenionalis”) was recorded as GLO-574C93 and declared as treasure under the UK’s Treasure Act. An important large part of the hoard are coins of the usurper Emperor Magnentius and his brother Decentius (AD 350-53) – the Christogram coins of the usurper Emperors are one of the most demonstrative of the Christian faith within Roman coinage. After being recorded and partially cleaned by the British Museum, a selection of the hoard was acquired by the Museum of Somerset.

Constans was the youngest son of Constantine the Great. He became Caesar in AD 333 and he later succeeded his father, taking the title of Augustus in AD 337. During his rule he had to face some years of instability following the increasing tension with his brother Constantine II, who claimed control over his territories. Constans led some successful military campaigns, blocking the Sarmatians invasion in the north west. In AD 350, he was murdered by the usurper Magnentius.

Constantius II was the second son of Constantine the Great. He was elevated to the imperial rank of Caesar in AD 324 and became Augustus, together with his brothers, Constantine II and Constans in AD 337 and received the eastern territories of the Empire. In AD 353, Constantius II marched against the usurper Magnentius and ultimately defeated him. Constantius II died of fever on the way back to face Julian, who proclaimed himself Augustus, in battle in AD 361.

Weight 7.48 g
Dimensions W 2.3 cm
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Reference: For a similar coin,The British Museum, item 2011,4021.1.

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