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15. December 2019
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Lot 587
Starting Price: 400 CHF
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
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Martinian, 324. Follis (Bronze, 20.5 mm, 3.10 g, 12 h), Nicomedia, 2nd officina (B). D N M MARTINIANO P F AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Martinian to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI / X / IIΓ/ SMNB Jupiter standing facing, his head turned to left, holding Victory on globe in his right hand and eagle-tipped scepter in his left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left, with his head turned back to right and a wreath in his beak; to right, bound captive looking back to left. RIC 46. Extremely rare. Rough surfaces, otherwise, good fine.



Licinius I made Martinian his co-emperor following his defeat by Constantine at Adrianople on 3 July 324. Eight years before Licinius had done the same with his general Valerius Valens, who was then subsequently executed as a condition of the peace treaty, after Licinius's defeat at Mardia. Martinian must have thought about that when he accepted his promotion from his position as Licinius’ magister officorum (head of the civil service) to that of co-emperor. Surviving coins reveal that he had the title of Augustus – most of the literary sources only describe him as having held the rank of Caesar. The war, however, continued on its disastrous path. Licinius was no better prepared to meet Constantine a second time, especially since Constantine was determined to make his victory complete. The armies were enormous: the combined land forces exceeded 250,000 men and the seas were crowded with some 500 ships. From the first Licinius was forced to retreat and fall back to the Bosporus. He had ordered Martinian to raise reinforcements to prevent Constantine from crossing into Asia, but Constantine’s eldest son Crispus destroyed Licinius’ fleet in the Hellespont, thus enabling Constantine’s army to cross over to Asia. After Constantine’s great victory at Chrysopolis in September 324, Martinian’s life was spared thanks to the intervention of Constantia, Constantine’s sister and wife of Licinius. He was exiled to Cappadocia, but was executed the following Spring.
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Online bidding closes:
15 Dec 2019 20:53:30 CET
Current Date & Time:
27 May 2020 05:25:45 CEST
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Hammer Price:
1100 CHF by Stella1971 (Bids: 14)

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Lot 587
Starting Price: 400 CHF
Martinian, 324. Follis (Bronze, 20.5 mm, 3.10 g, 12 h), Nicomedia, 2nd officina (B). D N M MARTINIANO P F AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Martinian to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI / X / IIΓ/ SMNB Jupiter standing facing, his head turned to left, holding Victory on globe in his right hand and eagle-tipped scepter in his left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left, with his head turned back to right and a wreath in his beak; to right, bound captive looking back to left. RIC 46. Extremely rare. Rough surfaces, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Lot 588
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Commemorative Series, 330-354. Follis (Bronze, 14 mm, 2.73 g, 5 h), Siscia, 3rd officina, under Constantine I, 333-335. VRBS ROMA Helmeted and mantled bust of Roma to left. Rev. •ΓSIS• She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus; above, two stars. LRBC 750. RIC 240. Even dark brown patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 80 CHF
Lot 589
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Constans, 337-350. Follis (Billon, 21 mm, 4.43 g, 12 h), Constantinople, 11th officina (IA), 348-351. D N CONSTANS P F AVG Draped and cuirassed bust of Constans to left, wearing pearl diadem and holding a globe in his right hand. Rev. FEL TEMP REPARATIO / Γ/ CONS IA* Constans marching to right, holding an inverse spear and leading barbarian from a hut under a tree. LRBC 2017. RIC 92. Particularly well centered, with original silvering and unusually nice. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
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