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ID:     711608
Type:     Roman Imperial
Date Ruled:     AD 407-411
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Solidus
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 408-411
Weight:     4.48 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:     Emperor standing right, holding standard in right hand, and Victory on globe in left; with his left food he tread down on a seated captive, right
Exergue:     COMOB
Mint Mark:     COMOB/ L in left field / D in right field
Mint:     Lugdunum
Primary Reference:     RIC X 1512
Reference2:     Lyon 250
Reference3:     Depeyrot 22/2
Reference4:     DOCLR 793 var. (rosette diadem)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF
Notes:     Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1608 Very 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, and his attempt to enter Italy failed. Attacked by his own general Gerontius and eventually the troops of Honorius, Constantine was killed in 411 AD. This solidus was struck early in the reign when there were four associate rulers, Constantine III, Honorius, Arcadius and Theodosius II, as advertised by the four Gs in AVG on the reverse.