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ID:     79001245
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Nepotian
Date Ruled:     AD 350
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Centenionalis
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 350
Diameter:     22 mm
Weight:     4.59 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     FL NEP CONST_ANTINVS AVG
Obverse Description:     Rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     GLORIA ROMANORVM
Reverse Description:     Emperor in military dress galloping right, without shield, spearing barbarian kneeling left with outstretched arms in front of horse; below horse, a shield and broken spear. Barbarian is bare-headed. In field to right a star.
Exergue:     RS
Mint Mark:     RS
Mint:     Rome
Primary Reference:     RIC unlisted
Reference2:     SRCV 4046v
Reference3:     VM 002
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=127756
Notes:     1) Unrecorded obverse inscription 2) Sale: CNG 79, Lot: 1245 Unpublished variety of a very rare emperor. From the Gordon S. Parry Collection. Ex Credit de la Bourse (19 April 1995), lot 622. Beginning in AD 350, the western portion of the Roman Empire underwent a period of rebellion and usurpation. Magnentius, a member of the Roman bureaucracy, taking advantage of the troubles of Constantius II with Persia, revolted and murdered Constans, the western emperor. Unable to go west and subdue Magnentius, Constantius II apparently allowed for two “legal” usurpations to occur: that of Nepotian in Rome, and Vetranio in Siscia. After only 28 days rule, though, Nepotian was captured and executed by troops loyal to Magnentius. The failure of both Nepotian and Vetranio to stop Magnentius prompted Constantius II to appoint his cousin Gallus as Caesar. While Gallus held down the east, Constantius II could then head west to put down the rebellion of Magnentius and restore order. This issue of Nepotian with GLORIA ROMANORVM is only known with a bare-headed portrait. However, there are examples of this obverse type known with his VRBS ROMA issue.