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ID:     859939
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Constantine III
Date Ruled:     AD 407-411
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Siliqua
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 407-408
Diameter:     17 mm
Weight:     1.18 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     D N CONSTAN_TINVS P F AVG
Obverse Description:     Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     VICTORI-A AAVGGG
Reverse Description:     Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory on globe in right hand, and inverted spear in left; back of throne visible behind
Exergue:     SMLD
Mint Mark:     SMLD
Mint:     Lugdunum
Primary Reference:     RIC X 1531
Reference2:     RSC V 4b
Reference3:     Lyon 251
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=155755
Grade:     Near EF, toned, small flan crack
Notes:     Rare. Following the assassinations of the usurpers Marcus and Gratianus, Constantine III was proclaimed emperor by the legions in Britain. Hoping to ensure his own position, he sailed to Gaul where he met little opposition. Constantine was officially recognized by Honorius, though Theodosius and Arcadius failed to follow Honorius’ lead. Constantine proved to be a competent ruler, defeating the local barbarians and negotiating agreements with the Alamanni and Burgundians. Constantine was a bit over-ambitious though, as his attempt to enter Italy failed. Attacked by his own general Gerontius and eventually the troops of Honorius, he was killed in AD 411.