Constantius Gallus coin?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Thomas c, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Thomas c

    Thomas c Veni, vidi, vici, Julius Caesar

    Hello CT,
    When i started collecting, I identified this coin as a Constantius gallus:

    I was looking through my collection when i noticed that the coin does not have enough space on the observe for : D N FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES:
    I am pretty sure i attributed it wrong...
    Any help would be appreciated!

    Last edited: Dec 7, 2019
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  3. shanxi

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  4. Thomas c

    Thomas c Veni, vidi, vici, Julius Caesar

    do you know how much that coin was sold for?

  5. shanxi

    shanxi Well-Known Member

    acsearch lists a start price of 8 Euro, hammer price is not given
  6. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    Constantius Gallus was never Augustus. The portrait on the obverse of your coin shows someone wearing a diadem, the mark of Augustus. Also, your coin shows the portrait breaking into the obverse legend, separating it into two halves and symbolizing the ultimate power of the person depicted. This is rarely the case with a Caesar, but usually the case with an Augustus during this time. Both these clues can be taken to confirm that your coin is of Constantius II and not Constantius Gallus.

    Considering what a corrupt, sadistic turd Constantius Gallus was, I'd be happier knowing that the coin was of Constantius II.
  7. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Gsimonel covered it well but I believe Gallus died before this reverse was issued. The coin is common for Constantius II and Gallus' replacement Julian II. The coin was issued from several mints as distinguished by the letters under the ground line on the reverse (termed "in exergue"). This is a common coin. To be worth anything, collectors would expect a clear mintmark and decent details.

    It will be rare to find anyone with something nice to say about Constantius II. He was hardly what one would term a positive role model or in any way better than Gallus. We do not restrict our collecting to coins of Roman emperors that meet modern expectations of behavior. There were rather few that even came close.
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