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Licinius II (315-326) as Caesar c 317-324 AD
Licinius II (Licinius the Younger) was born in 315 AD and his full name was Valerius Licinianus He was the son of Roman emperor Licinius and served as Caesar in from 317 to 324 AD while his father was Augustus in the East. His mother was Licinius' wife Flavia Julia Constantia the half-sister of Constantine I making Licinius II the nephew of the Cosntantine I. After Licinius was defeated by Constantine at the Battle of Chrysopolis he was placed in captivity at Thessalonica but within a year the former Emperor was hanged. The younger Licinius was somehow implicated with the liquidation of his cousin Crispus (the son of Constantine I and Minervina) and was executed in 326. Obverse bare-headed Licinius draped and cuirassed with sideburns past the ears on both sides D N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C. Reverse Jupiter seated facing on a platform holding Victory on a globe and scepter. An eagle with a wreath in its beak at his feet SIC.V. / SIC.X. in two lines on platform, SMNΔ in exergue. IOVI CONSERVATORI CAES
Mint: Nicomedia (modern-day Izmit, Turkey)
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC

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