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RIC Volume VIII - Family of Constantine: Lyons (Lugdunum) Mint


Constantius II as Augustus, AE4, Before April 340, Lugdunum
CONSTANTIVS AVG
Laurel and rosette-diademed, cuirassed bust right
GLOR_IA EXERC_ITVS
Two soldiers standing facing each other, spear in outer hand, inner hand resting on shield, one standard between them with Christogram on banner
[PLG] in exergue (off-flan)
14mm x 15mm, 1.83g
RIC VIII, 8 var. (horizontal bars vs. X in symbol on banner)
Ex Midwest "Coins of Christianity" Collection

Note: This coin comes from an interesting period where the Lugdunum (Lyons) mint was using a variety of Christian symbols on the bronze issues. The careful and fine style of execution of all of the elements on this specimen should be enough evidence to preclude the execution of the symbol on the banner being intentional. The expected symbol is a Chi-Rho (XP / Christogram), instead of the two horizontal bars. The other bronze issues during this period have a reverse legend of AETERNA PIETAS and issued for Divus Constantine I. The symbols in the field on these issues are both staurograms (Tau-Rho or TP), however, one of them has a horizontal crossbar and the other a slanted crossbar, similar to the Russian Orthodox cross. Certainly a series well worth further research and documentation, since they were obviously minted in the years just after the death of Constantine I and his conversion to Christianity on his deathbed. There may be other Christian symbols on these series which could be analyzed and documented.


Magnentius, AE Centenionalis, January 19, 350-August 18, 353, First Group, Third Series, Lugdunum, Officina 1
D N MAGNEN_TIVS P F AVG
Bare head, draped, cuirassed bust right, A in left field
GLORIA ROMANORVM
Magnentius on horseback right, trampling and spearing fallen soldier facing left with outstretched arms, broken spear and shield under horse
RPLG . in exergue
23mm x 24mm, 4.33g
RIC VIII, 116 (S)


Magnentius, AE Centenionalis, January 19, 350-August 18, 353, Second Group, First Series, Lugdunum, Officina 1
D N MAGNEN_TIVS P F AVG
Bare head, draped, cuirassed bust right, A in left field
VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAE
Two Victories standing facing each other, holding between them wreath inscribed VOT / V / MVLT / X
. / SV in middle field
RPLG in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 5.35g
RIC VIII, 130 (C)


Magnentius, AE Double Centenionalis, January 19, 350-August 18, 353, Second Group, Second Series, Lugdunum, Officina 1
D N MAGNEN_TIVS P F AVG
Bare head, draped, cuirassed bust right
SALVS DD NN AVG ET CAES
Large Chi-Rho
A | w across fields
LPLG in exergue
25mm x 26mm, 7.62g
RIC VIII, 154 (C)


Constantius II, AE Centenionalis, November 6, 355-Spring 360, First Series, Lugdunum, Officina 1
D N CONSTAN_TIVS P F AVG
Composite-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP-REPARATIO
Helmeted soldier standing left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman, shield on ground at right, horseman wears pointed cap, turns to face soldier and extends left arm
GPLG in exergue
17mm, 2.42g
RIC VIII, -- (cf. RIC 189, but unlisted with composite diadem type)
Ex Warren Gemmell, detectorist find in United Kingdom and registered with Portable Antiquities Scheme, February 2008

Note: RIC 189 is listed with pearl-diadem. This unusual example is a composite of pearl, rosette and plain diadem with forehead jewel. Nice style.


Constantius II as Augustus, AR Siliqua, Spring 360-June 26, 363, Second Group, Lugdunum
D N CONSTAN_TIVS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VICTORIA-DD NN AVG
Victory advancing left, wreath upward in right hand, palm in left over shoulder, one wing visible
LVG in exergue
17mm x 18mm, 1.89g
RIC VIII, 214 (C)


Julian II as Augustus, AR Siliqua, Spring 360-June 26, 363, Second Group, Lugdunum
FL CL IVLIA_NVS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VOTIS / V / MVLTIS / X
Legend in four lines surrounded by wreath terminating in large jewel
LVG in exergue
17mm x 18mm, 1.79g
RIC VIII, 218 (C5)


Julian II as Augustus, AR Siliqua, Spring 360-June 26, 363, Third Group, Lugdunum, Officina 1
D N FL CL IVLI_ANVS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
VOT / X / MVLT / XX
Legend in four lines surrounded by wreath terminating in large jewel
PLVG in exergue
17mm x 18mm, 1.82g
RIC VIII, 234 (C)