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Constantios II 337-361 AD struck by Vetranio c 350
HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, ΕΝ ΤΟΥΤΩ ΝΙΚΑ, CONQUER BY THIS. Copper centenionalis c 350 AD
On October 28, 312 Maxentius met Constantine the Great met at the Saxa Rubra (red rocks) on the Via Flaminia 9 miles from Rome preparing for battle. Constantine witnessed the Christogram in the sky in the form of a Cross of light in the sky bearing the inscription HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS. Constantine ordered his troops to draw the symbol on their shields. So inspired they routed Maxentius at battle at the Milvian Bridge and Maxentius drowned in the Tiber. Constantine was left sole Emperor. In 350 Magnentius assasinated Constans while the emperor Constantios II while campaigning againts the Persians. Vetranio, an experienced soldier and officer, was asked by Constantina, Constantios’ sister, to become Caesar March 1, 350 with the emperor’s consent to her family and herself against the usurper. Vetranio was the first to issue the coins depicting the Christogram. When Constantios returned to the west Vetranio abdicated on December 25, 350. He was allowed to live the remainder of his years as a private citizen on a state pension until his death c 360. Pearl diademed Constantios II AVG IMP CONSTANTIVS P F A and star Reverse the emperor standing left, holding banner marked XP (Chi Rho Christogram), spear while being crowned by Victory HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, E (5th Officina) SIS.
Mint: Siscia (Sisak Croatia).
Provenance: Displayed at Cincinnati Art Museum, 1994-2008, no. 182. Ex Gemini V Jan 6 2009 L 312, Courtesy Gemini LLC

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