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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.


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

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Delmatius was a favorite of his uncle Constantine, whom he resembled in character. He was elected consul in 333 and was made caesar two years afterward in 335.
RL88703. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Aquileia 147 (R4), Paolucci-Zub 313 (R3), LRBC I 678, SRCV IV 16891, Cohen VII 4, VF, green patina, tight oval flan, parts of legends and mintmark weak, weight 1.533 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Aquileia mint, 336 - mid 337 A.D.; obverse FL DELMATIVS NOB C, laureate 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, AQS in exergue; rare; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


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 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


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.
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 SALE |PRICE| $63.00


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.
MA94340. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 410 (also 3rd officina), RIC VII Antioch 86, LRBC I 1356, SRCV IV 16359, VF, well centered, dark patina, a little rough, weight 2.456 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd 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, SMANΓ in exergue; $40.00 (35.20)


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

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In 340, Constantine II crossed the Alps and attacked Constans' army at Aquileia. Constantine II was defeated and killed, leaving Constans as sole ruler of the Western Roman Empire. His other brother, Constantius II, ruled the Eastern Roman Empire.
RL92664. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Antioch 41 (R), LRBC I 1378, SRCV V 17443, Cohen VII 117, Voetter -, Hunter V -, VF, earthen encrusted, weight 1.392 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as Augustus, 9 Sep 337 - Mar/Apr 340 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS AVG, pearl 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, SMANΓ in exergue; rare; $34.00 SALE |PRICE| $30.60


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 SALE |PRICE| $24.30


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."
RL92660. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Antioch 52, LRBC I 1386, SRCV V 18003, Cohen VII 97, Hunter V 109 ff. var. (officina), VF, nice dark patina with highlighting red earthen deposits, weight 1.923 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 9 Sep 337 - late 347; obverse CONSTANTIVS AVG, 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, two pellets flanking top of standard, SMANS in exergue; $22.00 SALE |PRICE| $19.80


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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On 11 May 330, Emperor Constantine the Great dedicated Constantinople, or Nova Roma (modern Istanbul), and moved the capitol of the Roman Empire there from Rome. He had spent 4 years building the city on the site of ancient Byzantium, having chosen the site for its strategic location (a seaport with easy access to Anatolia and the Danube).
RL92655. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Constantinople 27, SRCV V 17994, Cohen VII 102, LRBC I 1055 var. (no terminating dot rev), Hunter V 73 var. (officina), VF, well centered, earthen encrustations, scratches, edge cracks, weight 1.884 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 330 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, rosette diademed head right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, one standard in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, CONSΓ in exergue; $18.00 SALE |PRICE| $16.20


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.
RL92658. Billon reduced centenionalis, cf. SRCV IV 16334 ff. (various mints), F, dark patina with earthen highlighting, porous, scratches, weight 2.074 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, 330 - 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, [...] in exergue; $18.00 SALE |PRICE| $16.20


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 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.
RL88757. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 139 (R3), SRCV V 17321, LRBC I 353, Cohen VII 127, VF, green patina, light earthen deposits, spots of corrosion, weight 1.798 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 330 - 331 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from front; 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, star above center, CONSΓ in exergue; $17.00 SALE |PRICE| $15.30




  



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