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GLORIA EXERCITVS - Glory of the Army

The reverse legend on these coins dedicates them to "The glory of the Army." These types were struck in huge numbers by the Constantine Dynasty and most examples are inexpensive. The reverse depicts two soldiers standing facing flanking one or two standards in the center. Their heads are turned toward each other (confronted) and each holds a spear in their outer hand and rests their inner hand on a shield on the ground. Some more unusual examples have a symbol on the standard.


Lot of 20 Constantine Dynasty Bronze Coins with Soldiers and Standards Reverse

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LT85421. Bronze Lot, 20 late Roman Empire campgate reverse coins,, VF, nice coins, obverse bust of emperor or caesar; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, mintmark in exergue; unattributed to type, no tags or flips, coins in the photograph are a random selection from the lot, as-is, no returns; $200.00 (176.00)


Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

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In 331 A.D., Constantine I vigorously promoted Christianity, confiscating the property and valuables of a number of pagan temples throughout the Empire.
RL79178. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 527, LRBC I 56, SRCV V 17313, Cohen VIII 122, Choice EF, excellent centering and strike, nice dark green patina, slight die wear, areas of light porosity, weight 2.245 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 195o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, as caesar, 330 - 331 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, TRS in exergue; $100.00 (88.00)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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Constantine reorganized the Roman army to consist of mobile field units and garrison soldiers capable of countering internal threats and barbarian invasions. Constantine pursued successful campaigns against the tribes on the Roman frontiers - the Franks, the Alamanni, the Goths, and the Sarmatians - even resettling territories abandoned by his predecessors during the turmoil of the previous century.
RL89683. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 407 (also 1st officina), RIC VII Antioch 86, LRBC I 1356, SRCV IV 16359, Cohen VII 254, Choice EF, attractive portrait, well centered, weight 2.521 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 330 - 333 and 335 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMANA in exergue; ex Beast Coins; $90.00 (79.20)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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Beginning in 330 A.D., pagan temples were progressively abandoned, destroyed or left to fall into disrepair, except for those that were transformed into Christian churches. In 331 A.D., Constantine confiscated the property and valuables of many pagan temples throughout the Empire.
RL89941. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 316 (also 8th officina), RIC VII Constantinople 59 (R2), LRBC I 1005, SRCV IV 16354, Cohen VII 254, Choice gVF, excellent centering, nice portrait, attractive dark glossy patina with highlighting earthen deposits, weight 2.181 g, maximum diameter 18.85 mm, die axis 180o, 8th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 330 - 333 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, CONSH in exergue; scarce; $80.00 (70.40)


Delmatius, Caesar, 18 September 335 - mid 337 A.D.

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Dalmatius was son of another Flavius Dalmatius, censor, and nephew of Constantine I. Dalmatius and his brother Hannibalianus were educated at Tolosa (Toulouse) by rhetor Exuperius. On 18 September 335, he was raised to the rank of Caesar, with the control of Thracia, Achaea and Macedonia. Dalmatius died in late summer 337, killed by his own soldiers. It is possible that his death was related to the purge that hit the imperial family at the death of Constantine, and organized by Constantius II with the aim of removing any possible claimant to the throne.
RL91650. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 145, LRBC I 1270, SRCV IV 16900, Cohen VII 8, Hunter V 6 var. (bust also draped, 4th officina), VF, tight flan, slightly off center, edge ragged, weight 1.921 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 336 - mid 337 A.D.; obverse FL IVL DELMATIVS NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMKΓ in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $80.00 (70.40)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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Constantine reorganized the Roman army to consist of mobile field units and garrison soldiers capable of countering internal threats and barbarian invasions. Constantine pursued successful campaigns against the tribes on the Roman frontiers - the Franks, the Alamanni, the Goths, and the Sarmatians - even resettling territories abandoned by his predecessors during the turmoil of the previous century.
RL91644. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 47 (also 1st officina), RIC VII Antioch 86, LRBC I 1356, SRCV IV 16359, Choice EF, well centered and struck, nice portrait, reverse die wear, weight 2.270 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 330 - 333 and 335 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMANA in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $70.00 (61.60)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army." Western mint GLORIA EXERCITVS issues are much less common than the Eastern mint issues.
RL79156. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Lyons 262 (R4), LRBC I 202, SRCV IV 16339, Cohen VII 254, Choice EF, nearly perfect but for some die wear, mint luster, weight 2.531 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 330 - 335 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORI-A EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, *PLG in exergue; rare; $60.00 (52.80)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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LRBC I correctly describes this unusual pearl and rosette (vice the more common laurel and rosette) diadem variant.
RL79213. Billon reduced centenionalis, LRBC I 62, RIC VII Trier 537, SRCV IV 16335, Cohen VII 254, Choice EF, some luster, light spots of corrosion, weight 2.439 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 332 - 333 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, pearl and rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, TRS in exergue; $50.00 (44.00)


Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

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Western mint GLORIA EXERCITVS issues are much less common than the Eastern mint issues; some, such as this coin, are rare.
RL79158. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Lyons 263 (R2), LRBC I 208, SRCV V 17319, Cohen VII 122, EF, centered on a tight flan, sharp portrait, mint luster, some die wear, weight 2.349 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, as caesar, 336 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse GLORI-A EXER-CITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, *PLG in exergue; rare; $43.00 (37.84)


City of Rome Commemorative, 336 - 337 A.D.

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Much less common than the wolf and twins reverse type.
RL20865. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 143 (R3), LRBC I 1037, SRCV IV 16530, Cohen VII 1, VF, porous, ragged flan, weight 1.453 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 0o, 7th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 336 - 337 A.D.; obverse VRBS ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma left wearing imperial mantle; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, CONSZ in exergue; rare; $27.00 (23.76)




  



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