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Licinius Junior, Caesar 1 March 317 - 18 September 324 A.D.

Licinius Junior, son of Licinius I, was made Caesar while still a small child. He was deposed after his father's defeat and executed in 326 A.D.


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In 321 A.D., the Catholic Church was first allowed to hold property.
RL79436. Billon follis, RIC VII Cyzicus 18 (R1), SRCV IV 15409, Cohen VII 21, Hunter V 37 ff. var. (3rd officina not listed), Choice gVF, well centered and struck, attractive coin, weight 3.613 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 321 - 18 Sep 324 A.D.; obverse D N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, shield in left hand and spear in right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing left, nude but for chlamys over left shoulder, Victory on globe presenting wreath in right hand, long eagle-topped scepter vertical behind in left hand, eagle with wreath in beak at feet left, captive seated right but looking left at feet on right, X/IIΓ (12 1/2) in right field, SMKΓ in exergue; $110.00 (€97.90)
 


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VOT V MVLT X abbreviates Votis Quinquennalibus Multis Decennalibus, advertising that Licinius had completed his vows (prayers) to thank the gods on the fifth anniversary of his rule, and made more vows to the gods that they might help him achieve his tenth anniversary.
RL83468. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Thessalonica 41 (R2), SRCV IV 15476, Cohen VII 75, Hunter V -, Choice VF, much silvering, weight 3.625 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 318 - 319 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOT V / MVLT X / CAESS / TS•A• in four lines within wreath; $100.00 (€89.00)
 


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Thessalonica was founded around 315 B.C. by Cassander, King of Macedonia, on or near the site of the ancient town of Therma. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a daughter of Philip II and a half-sister of Alexander the Great. In 168 B.C. it became the capital of the Macedonia Secunda and in 146 B.C. it was made the capital of the whole Roman province of Macedonia. Due to its port and location at the intersection of two major Roman roads, Thessalonica grew to become the most important city in Macedonia. Thessalonica was important in the spread of Christianity; the First Epistle to the Thessalonians written by Paul the Apostle is the first written book of the New Testament.
RL74510. Silvered follis, RIC VII Thessalonica 79 (R2), Cohen VII 68, SRCV IV 15475, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, much silvering, scratches, weight 2.570 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse VIRTVS EXERCIT (courage of the army), vexillum inscribed VOT XX in two lines, two bound captives seated back to back at base, S - F flanking ensign, •TS•A• in exergue; rare; $95.00 (€84.55)
 


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The mintmark is almost entirely off the flan. Arles is the most likely mint but we are not entirely certain.
RL74031. Bronze centenionalis, cf. RIC VII Arles 221 (R3), SRCV IV 15431, Cohen VII 10, Hunter V -, aVF, well centered, green patina, scratches and marks, tight flan cutting off most of the mintmark, weight 2.518 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Arelatum(?) mint, 320 - 321 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), legend around VO/TIS / V in three lines, uncertain mintmark (Q A?) in exergue below a horizontal line; very rare; $50.00 (€44.50)
 







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