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Constantius Gallus
AD 351 - 354

AE AE 3 - Half Centenionalis
Sirmium mint: AD 351-354

Coins Catalog ID: 3009

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Sales Description
Obverse: D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C - Bareheaded bust right, draped and cuirassed; ‘delta’ behind head.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO - Soldier on right and advancing left, spearing a enemy horseman – the horseman reaches back his hand as he and his forward to the ground; (dot “s” dot) in upper left field.
Mint marks: 
exergue - ASIRM
RIC, vol. VIII, p. 387, 46

Constantius Gallus - Flavius Claudius Gallus adopted by Constantius II as Flavius Claudius Constantius (ca. AD 325 - 354): Grandson of Constantius I Chlorus and Theodora; Half-brother of Julian II; Husband and cousin of Constantina (former wife of Haniballianus); Nephew of Licinius I and Constantia; Cousin of Delmatius, Hanniballianus, Licinius II and Nepotian; Half-nephew of Constantine the Great; Half cousin of Crispus, Constantine II, Constantius II, Constans and Helena the Younger (wife of Julian II).

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

Biography: Constantius Gallus was twenty-six in 351 when his cousin, Constantius II appointed him Caesar in the middle of the confrontation with the pretender Magnentius. He then married him to Constantina Augusta and sent him east to suppress rebellions in Palestina and Isauria in south-eastern Asia Minor. Gallus acquitted himself with honor and kept the Persians at bay. However, as his methods were cruelty and wholesale murder in the provinces he pacified, word of his oppressive rule soon reached Constantius II. The emperor summoned him to Mediolanum in 354, and while still on the way west had him arrested, tried, condemned, and put to death.

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