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Vetranio, 1 March - 25 December 350 A.D.

Vetranio was declared emperor by his troops in 350 A.D. Immediately expressing his support for emperor Constantius II, he was instrumental in keeping the rebellion of Magnentius under control. After Constantius finally arrived to take control of the situation, Vetranio formally abdicated, and lived the remainder of his life in comfort.


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

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In 312 A.D., Constantine dreamed he saw a Christogram in the sky and heard the words IN HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, meaning in Latin "In this sign, you will be the victor." He ordered the sign of Christ on his legions standards and shields. He won a great victory and later became the first Christian Roman Emperor.
RL90728. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 284 (S), LRBC II 1171, Voetter 48, SRCV V 18903, Cohen VII 3, gVF, oval flan, encrustation, flan split, weight 5.040 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issued by Vetranio, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star in front; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Constantius standing half-left, in military dress, labarum (Chi-Rho standard) in each hand, A left, star above, ΓSIS in exergue; scarce; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00


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

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In 312 A.D., Constantine dreamed he saw a Christogram in the sky and heard the words IN HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, meaning in Latin "In this sign, you will be the victor." He ordered the sign of Christ on his legions standards and shields. He won a great victory and later became the first Christian Roman Emperor.
RL90446. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 286 (S), LRBC II 1173, Voetter 51, SRCV V 18203, VF, well centered, slightly rough green patina, coppery high-points, weight 4.749 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issued by Vetranio, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star before; reverse HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, Constantius standing facing head left, holding labarum (Chi Rho Christogram standard) and spear, Victory right crowning him, A left, ?ASIS? in exergue (A's often appear as H in this period); scarce; $190.00 SALE PRICE $171.00


Vetranio, 1 March - 25 December 350 A.D.

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Vetranio was declared emperor by his troops in 350 A.D. Immediately expressing his support for Constantius II, he was instrumental in keeping the rebellion of Magnentius under control. After Constantius arrived to take control of the situation, Vetranio abdicated and lived the remainder of his life in comfort.
RL85670. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 285 (S), LRBC II 1172, Voetter 48x, SRCV V 18903, Cohen VII 1, EF, sharp detail, nice surfaces, edge split and cracks, weight 5.088 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star in front; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Vetranio standing slightly left in military dress, flanked by two labarums (Christogram vexillum) one each hand, A left, ΓSIS in exergue; large coin for the period; scarce; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


Vetranio, 1 March - 25 December 350 A.D.

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The Christogram (also called a Monogramma Christi or Chrismon) is a ligature of Chi (X) and Rho (P), the first two letters of Christ in Greek. It was among the earliest symbols of Christianity. The crucifix was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because most people then had personally witnessed its gruesome use for public execution.
RL85671. Billon half maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 294 (S), LRBC II 1180, Voetter 11, SRCV V 18907, Cohen VIII 3, EF, dark sea green patina, well centered, edge cracks, weight 2.786 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 19 Jan - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), emperor standing facing, head left, labarum (Chi-Rho standard) in right hand, spear in left, BSIS in exergue; scarce; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


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

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In 312 A.D., Constantine dreamed he saw a Christogram in the sky and heard the words IN HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, meaning in Latin "In this sign, you will be the victor." He ordered the sign of Christ on his legions standards and shields. He won a great victory and later became the first Christian Roman Emperor.
RL73908. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 286 (S), LRBC II 1173, Voetter 51, SRCV V 18203, VF, well centered and struck, nice green patina, spots of corrosion on the obverse, small edge cracks, weight 4.277 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issued by Vetranio, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star before; reverse HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, Constantius standing facing head left, holding labarum (Chi Rho Christogram standard) and spear, Victory right crowning him, A left, ΓSIS in exergue; scarce; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00







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