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Constantine II
as Caesar under his father Constantine the Great
AD 316 - 337

AE AE 3 - Half Centenionalis
Thessalonica mint AD 326-328

Coins Catalog ID: 3048

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Sales Description
Obverse: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C - Laureate bust left, draped and cuirassed
Reverse: PROVIDENTIAE CAESS [dot] - Campgate with two turrets, no doors and a star above.
Mint marks: 
exergue - SMTS
right field - [Delta]
RIC, vol. VII, p. 519, 157

Constantine II - Flavius Claudius Constantinus, "Constantine Junior: (ca. AD 316 - 340): Son of Constantine the Great and Fausta; Brother of Constantius II, Constans, Constantina (wife of Hanniballianus and Constantius Gallus) and Helena the Younger (wife of Julian II); Half-brother of Crispus; Half- cousin of Delatius, Hanniballianus, Constantius Gallus, Julian II, Licinius II and Nepotian; Grandson of Constantius I Chlorus, Helena, Maximian and Eutropia; Uncle of Constantia (wife of Gratian).

Mints: Antioch, Aquileia, Arelate, Constantinopolis, Cyzicus, Heraclea, Londinium, Lugdunum, Nicomedia, Rome, Sirmium , Siscia, Thessalonica, Ticinum, Treveri.

Biography: Constantine II was Constantine I second son. Repeatedly sent over to the West to deal with military emergencies, he inherited Gaul, Spain, and Britain at Constantine's death in 337. Not content with this much he first entered a conspiracy with his two brothers and eliminated the Caesars, their cousins. With the Caesars out of the picture, frictions now rose between the Augusti. A conference in 338 failed to settle the matters between them, and in 340 Constantine decided he was strong enough to wrestle Rome from his brother Constans I, who refused to acknowledge him as senior August. The expedition turned a disaster, for the vanguard forces sent by Constans to halt his progress surprised the unwary Constantine II and killed him as his army was descending into Italy.

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