Orange Julius Posted August 28, 2022 · Member Share Posted August 28, 2022 (edited) I recently purchased a nice for the type and rare variation of the FEL TEMP REPARATIO coins.What’s cool about this coin to me is how it tells part of the story of Magnentius’ rise and fall. According to Victor Failmezger’s book Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism to Christianity, “This is an unusual type of FEL TEMP REPARATIO struck (only) at Thessalonica after the mint was taken over by Constantius II from Vetranio in preparation for the war against Magnentius.” So, at the time this coin was minted… Gallus had just been appointed Caesar to watch the East (as these were minted for him as well), Constantius had traveled with his army to meet and “relieve” Vetranio… and was on his way to an battle with an uncertain outcome against Magnentius. Very cool little period of time in my opinion! Anyway, a rarer type that I was happy to add to my collection. So! Let’s see your coins that tell the story of the rise and fall of Magnentius and Decentius! Constantius IIBillon heavy maiorinaObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the frontReverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), emperor in military dress standing facing, head left, Victory on globe in his right hand crowning him with wreath, labarum (Christogram standard) in left hand, with right foot spurns captive seated on left, hands bound behind back, wearing Parthian cap, looking back and up at Constantius, Γ left, * right, *TS∆* in exergue.4th officina, Thessalonica mintDec 351 - 352 A.D.;RIC VIII Thessalonica 172, LRBC II 1671, Voetter 32, SRCV V 18198, Cohen VII 38 Edited August 28, 2022 by Orange Julius 18 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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