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A Constantine II miliarense: my first of this semi-exotic late Roman silver denomination.
And a more ordinary siliqua from Constantius Gallus

Show off your post-denarius silver :- )


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Some of my late Roman silver, they definitely hit different from the earlier denarii. Argentii of Maximian and Diocletian, the silique include a Gratian, a broken Valens, and a Julian.


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Julian II, as Caesar, AD 355-360. AR Siliqua (17mm, 1.55g, 5h). Arelate (Arles) mint, 3rd officina. Struck circa AD 360. Obv: D N IVLIANVS NOB CAES; Bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: VOTIS/ V/ MVLTIS/ X in four lines within wreath; TCON in exergue. Ref: RIC VIII 264; RSC 154b. Very Fine/Fine. Ex Bruun Rasmussen 2305 (5 Feb 2023), Lot 5256.


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Here is an official siliqua of Julian II from Arelate, and a barbarian copy of an issue from Lugdunum.  image.jpeg.5f086b1f7b4dfabb0239732d90f4a662.jpeg image.jpeg.d1b993f1a6fef4fcd988cbf36eff8cd2.jpeg

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A siliqua of Valens, from Constantinople.





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AR Siliqua of Constantine III (407 - 411 AD) : Arelate mint, 15mm, 1.8gms

Obv: D N CONSTANTINVS P F AVG; Draped and cuirassed bust right

Rev: VICTORIA AAVGGG; Roma seated left holding Victory on globe and spear; SMAR in exergue


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I see some dealers refer to the Byzantine Hexagrams as a “Double Miliarense.”



Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine AR21 Hexagram. Constantinople Obv: Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine seated facing on double throne, each holding globus cruciger. δδ NN ҺЄRACILЧS ЄT ҺЄRA CONST. Rev: Cross potent set upon globus set upon three steps; K to right. δЄЧS AδIЧTA ROMANIS. SB 798. 6.06 g. 610-641 AD.

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Julian II - AR Reduced Siliqua

Obv:– FL CL IVLIA-NVS P P AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– VOTIS V MVLTIS X, within wreath
Minted in Lugdunum (//SLVG), Spring A.D. 360 - 26th June A.D. 363
Reference:– RIC VIII Lugdunum 227

17.26 mm. 2.0 gms. 0 degrees

Dark grey toning (almost black)

East Harptree Hoard, which was discovered near Bath in 1887. There were 36 coins of this type found in the hoard.



Valeintinian II - Ar Siliqua (well abour 2/3 o one anyway)

Obv:- D N VALENTINI-ANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valentinian II right, seen from front
Rev:- VRBS-ROMA, Roma seated left on cuirass, Victory on globe right in right hand, scepter in left;
Minted in Lugdunum. LVGPS in exergue. RIC IX 43a.1. A.D. 388-392.

A field find in the UK. It looks as though it was struck in the ground at some point, which broke the coin into pieces. The remaining coin is also bent and cracked.


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I have an educational webpage on late Roman silver:


One of my favorites on that page is a 
in silver

Constantius II, struck c. 347
20-19 mm. 2.96 grams. Siliqua.

FEL TEMP REPARATIO (a legend very common on copper)
Victory standing right
inscribing VOT/XX on shield held up by a captive
R in exergue. 
RIC Rome 59
The page is, again, http://augustuscoins.com/ed/siliqua/siliqua.html
Late Roman silver is complicated, not at all like the simple denarius system of the Republic and early empire. I can't say that page makes the late Roman silver system clear, but it tries!


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