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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.


Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D., with Licinius II Caesar

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SH35421. Billon follis, Bastien, NC 1973, pp. 87 - 97, VF, weight 3.590 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 330o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 317 or 318 A.D.; obverse DD NN IOVII LICINII INVICT AVG ET CAES (Domini Nostri Iovii Licinii Invicti Augustus et Caesar), confronted busts of Licinius I and II, holding trophy of arms between them; reverse I O M ET VIRTVTI DD NN AVG ET CAES (Iovi Optimo Maximo Virtuti Domini Nostri Augustus et Caesar), Jupiter standing facing to the right of trophy of captured arms with two bound captives at base, Jupiter nude except for cloak over shoulder and holds long scepter in left hand, SMATS in exergue; extremely rare; SOLD


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RIC lists this type only for Crispus but includes the following note: [Catalogue Gerin] records a hybrid obverse [Licinius II, our type]; not in [Vienna], but a pencil note concerning such a coin added to the handwritten [Otto] Voetter catalogue in [Vienna]. Obviously Voetter must have seen a coin of this description.
RL35064. Billon follis, cf. RIC Thessalonica VII, p 502, 20 (Crispus) note, and 22 (for obverse); Cohen -, nice VF, nicely centered, well struck, weight 2.570 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 317 - 318 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB CAESAR, laureate head right (small portrait); reverse PRINCIPIA IVVENTVTIS (in honor of the Prince of Youth), prince standing half right, in military dress, helmeted, spear in right hand, left hand rests on grounded shield, •TS•E• in exergue; extremely rare; SOLD


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The mappa was originally the white napkin dropped by an emperor or magistrate as a starting signal at the Circus. In late Roman iconography it came to be a used as one of the principal attributes of the consuls.
RL28380. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 20 (also 4th officina), RIC VII Siscia 132 (R1), SRCV IV 15467, Choice EF, weight 3.372 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust left, Victory on globe in right, mappa in left; reverse VIRTVS EXERCIT (courage of the army), VOT X on vexillum, two captive seated back to back at base, captive on left with hands bound behind, captive on right looking up at vexillum, S - F/HL flanking across field, ∆SIS followed by star in crescent with horns up in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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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.
RL35063. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 20 (also 4th officina), RIC VII Siscia 132 (R1), SRCV IV 15467, aEF, weight 2.929 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust left, Victory on globe in right offering wreath, mappa in left; reverse VIRTVS EXERCIT (courage of the army), VOT X on vexillum, two captive seated back to back at base, captive on left with hands bound behind, captive on right looking up at vexillum, S - F/HL flanking across field, ∆SIS followed by star in crescent with horns up in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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RL33111. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 263, gVF, weight 3.683 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB C, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCIT (courage of the army), two captives bound at base of a trophy of captured arms, STR in exergue; rare reverse type; RIC R5; SOLD


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VOT V abbreviates Votis Quinquennalibus, which means Licinius has completed vows (prayers and sacrifices) for five years of rule. In a religious context, votum, plural vota, is a vow or promise made to a deity. The word comes from the past participle of voveo, vovere; as the result of the verbal action, a vow, or promise. It may refer also to the fulfillment of this vow, that is, the thing promised. The votum is thus an aspect of the contractual nature of Roman religion and sacrifice, a bargaining expressed by "do ut des" (I give that you might give).
RL79987. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 21 (also 4th officina), RIC VII Siscia 162 (S), SRCV IV 15441, Cohen VII 5, Choice EF, fantastic portrait, well centered and struck, nice surfaces, weight 3.100 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 320 - 321 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB C, laureate head right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), VOT / V in two lines within laurel wreath, ∆SIS* in exergue; ex Roma Numismatics ($80, spring 2008); SOLD


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In 320, Licinius reneged on the religious freedom promised by the Edict of Milan, and began a new persecution of Christians in the Eastern Roman Empire. He destroyed churches, imprisoned Christians and confiscated their property.
RL57015. Billon follis, RIC VII Heraclea 41, SRCV IV 15422, Cohen VII 41, Hunter V -, Choice aEF, bold strike, excellent centering, small patina chip in obverse left field, weight 3.080 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 230o, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 318 - 320 A.D.; obverse D N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C, small laureate, draped, bust left, globe and scepter in left hand, mappa in right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with three turrets, SMH∆ in exergue; scarce (RIC R2); SOLD


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In 320, Licinius reneged on the religious freedom promised by the Edict of Milan, and began a new persecution of Christians in the Eastern Roman Empire. He destroyed churches, imprisoned Christians and confiscated their property.
RL66789. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 264 (R4), EF, some legend weakness, weight 2.731 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse LICINIVS IVN NOB C, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCIT (courage of the army), two bound captives seated at base of a trophy of captured arms, •PTR in exergue; very rare; SOLD


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

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The mint at Heraclea was opened during the reign of Diocletian in 291 and continued to strike coins until it was closed by Leo I, c. 474 A.D.
RL58459. Billon AE 3, cf. RIC VII 19 (official Heraclea mint, 318 - 320 A.D.), gVF, nice patina, weight 3.007 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, unofficial mint, obverse D N VL [...] PVNNNAONSVNC (or similar, blundered), small laureate, draped, bust left, globe and scepter in left hand, mappa in right; reverse HOHRONTN[...]C[...]NCES (or similar, blundered), campgate with three turrets, blundered mint mark (?) in exergue; completely illiterate legends; SOLD


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The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
RL89670. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 98 corr. (5th officina not listed), SRCV IV 15453, Cohen VII 51, Hunter V 19 var. (officina), Choice gVF, well centered dark patina, weight 2.289 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 319 - 320 A.D.; obverse LICINIV-S IVN NOB C, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP (joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R (vows of the Roman people) set on altar inscribed with an S, ESIS* in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; SOLD




  




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Bastien, P. Le Monnayage de l'Atelier de Lyon, De la Réforme Monétaire de Dioclétien à la fermeture temporaire de l'Atelier en 316 (294 - 316). Numismatique Romaine XI. (Wetteren, 1980).
Bastien, P. Le monnayage de l'atelier de Lyon. De la réouverture de l'atelier en 318 à la mort de Constantin (318 - 337). Numismatique Romaine XIII. (Wetteren, 1982).
Bruun, P. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. VII, Constantine and Licinius A.D. 313 - 337. (London, 1966).
Carson, R., P. Hill & J. Kent. Late Roman Bronze Coinage. (London, 1960).
Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 7: Carausius to Constantine & sons. (Paris, 1888).
Depeyrot, G. Les monnaies d'or de Dioclétien a Constantin I (284 - 337). (Wetteren, 1995).
Failmezger, V. Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism to Christianity, 294 - 364 A.D. (Washington D.C., 2002).
Paolucci, R. & A. Zub. La monetazione di Aquileia Romana. (Padova, 2000).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. V. Diocletian (Reform) to Zeno. (Oxford, 1982).
Sear, D. Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. IV...The Collapse of Paganism and the Triumph of Christianity, Diocletian To Constantine I, AD 284 - 337. (London, 211).
Voetter, O. Die Münzen der romischen Kaiser, Kaiserinnen und Caesaren von Diocletianus bis Romulus: Katalog der Sammlung Paul Gerin. (Vienna, 1921).

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