Roman Imperial - Family of Constantine

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XP305 - CRISPUS (as Caesar AD 317-326), AE3 of Trier, VF+/VF, $40

Obverse: IVL CRIS-PVS NOB C, right facing, laureate head of Crispus.

Reverse: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, laurel wreath enclosing VOT / X in two lines, STR(crescent) in exergue.

Reference: Sear #3918, RIC VII Trier #440 (C3), Cohen #44, Foss RHC #14b, Van Meter #10

Comments: Check out the remarkable detail in the hair, laureate ties and leaves on the front of this coin. This coin is well struck and well centered on a slightly irregular flan. Only slightly weaker strike on reverse with no loss of legends. The VOT/X reverse refers to the 5th anniversary of Crispus as Caesar with vows for 5 additional years. This coin was minted during 321 at the time of his 2nd Consulate.

XP306 - CONSTANTINE II (As Caesar AD 317-337), AE3/4 of Trier, VF/VF+, $35

Obverse: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, right facing, laureate, draped, cuirassed, bust of Constantine II.

Reverse: GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS, two soldiers standing facing, either side of two standards, outer hands supporting inverted spear, inner hands resting on shield, TR(dot)P in exergue.

Reference: RIC VII Trier #539 (C3), Sear #3951v, Van Meter #45.

Comments: An all around great coin of Constantine II. Large, well shaped flan with very nice strike and full legends. Excellent detail in the hair on obverse and standards and shields on the reverse. This coin might mark the transition to the AE3/4 (under 17 mm )die style on the previous AE3 (17+ mm) flan size. The bottom of both sides shows a slightly softer strike which limits the details in the cuirassing and mintmarking. A nice Gloria reverse type for your collection.

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