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E-auction 515-428328 - brm_595754 - CONSTANS Argenteus

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Estimate : 480 €
Price : 240 €
Maximum bid : 255 €
End of the sale : 27 February 2023 14:24:00
bidders : 12 bidders
Type : Argenteus
Date: 337-340
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 900 ‰
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,86 g.
Rarity : INÉDIT
Officine: 11e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré à l’usure régulière. Patine de collection ancienne. Troué à 12 heures


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Constans à droite (O*).
Obverse translation : “Flavius Iulius Constans Pius Felix Augustus”, (Flavien Jules Constans pieux heureux auguste).


Reverse legend : CONSTANS - AVGVSTVS/ -|-// C.IA.
Reverse description : Victoria (la Victoire) drapée, les ailes ouvertes, marchant à droite, tenant une couronne de la main droite levée et une palme de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : “Constans Augustus”, (Constans auguste).


Percé à 12 heures. Poids léger. Rubans de type 3. Expression du visage idéalisé comme pour Constantin Ier, regardant vers le ciel. Semble complètement inédit et non recensé avec la seule tête laurée. Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous proposons ce type à la vente !.

Historical background




Constans was born in 320 and received the title of Caesar on December 25, 333. Made august after September 9, 337 with his two other brothers, Constantine II and Constantius II, he soon became angry with his elder brother, who died in April 340. After the death of his brother, Constans recovers the heritage of Constantine II and obtains the charge of the West. A maiorina is struck on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of Rome in 348, an anniversary recalled by the reverse legend "the Return of Happy Times". Constans is assassinated at the beginning of the year 350.

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