Constantine I

Licinius I 308 – 324 A.D.

Licinius was a soldier and friend of Galerius. When Diocletian effected the Tetrarchy, Galerius became emperor of the East and he named his friend emperor of the West. Licinius cohabited the west with the usurper Maxentius whom he was unable to expel; his own rival Constantine I later getting the job done. When Galerius died in 311 Licinius moved out East becoming Galerius's successor and leaving the West to be squabbled between Maxentius and Constantine. Within another year Constantine would defeat Maxentius and Licinius the usurper Maximinus Daia. From then on Licinius and Constantine would be on-again...

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Licinius II 317 – 324 A.D.

Unfortunate son of Licinius who was forced into slavery and thereafter lost to history as a young boy upon Constantine's final defeat over Licinius and his court. AU Aureus RIC 42 (VII, Nicomedia), Depeyrot 31/2, C 38 Aureus Obv: DNVALLICINIVSNOBC - Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust facing. Rev: IOVICONSERVATORICAES Exe: SMN   AE3 RIC 11 (Cyzicus) AE3 Obv: DNVALLICINLICINIVSNOBC - Laureate bust left, draped, holding orb and scepter and mappa. Rev: IOVICONSERVATORICAESS Exe: //SMK - Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on a globe and scepter. 317-320 (Cyzicus). $26 1/12/03.   RIC...

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Helena ? – 329 A.D.

Mother of Constantine I. Helena was deeply involved with the early Christian church and canonized after her death. AU Solidus RIC 80 (VII, Nicomedia) Solidus Obv: FLHELENAAVGVSTA - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: SECVRITASREIPVBLICE Exe: SMN - Securitas standing left, holding branch. RIC 149 (VII, Thessalonica), Depeyrot 12/4 Solidus Obv: FLHELENAAVGVSTA - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: SECVRITASREIPVBLICE Exe: SMTS - Securitas standing left, holding branch. $6,000 5/22/02. AE3 RIC 28 (VII, Cyzicus) AE3 Obv: FLHELENAAVGVSTA - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev:...

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Fausta c.290 – 326 A.D.

Second wife of Constantine I and daughter of Maximian. Fausta was blamed for presenting false accusations of intended rape against her by Crispus, her stepson. Constantine then had his son murdered as a result. When the plot was revealed Constantine avenged Crispus's innocence by having her boiled to death.   AU Solidus RIC 12 (Constantinople) AE3 Obv: FLAVMAXFAVSTAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: SALVSREIPVBLICAE Exe: SMT - Salus standing left, holding a baby in each arm. 326 (Constantinopolis). $111,197 12/16/03.   AE3 RIC 12 (Constantinople) AE3 Obv: FLAVMAXFAVSTAAVG...

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Constantia c.290 – c.330 A.D.

Wife of Licinius, daughter of Constantius I and sister of Constantine I. The political marriage between the two was effected to ease tensions between the two great rivals and for a long time it served the purpose well. When Licinius was beaten for the last time Constantia was able to have her husband's death sentence lifted thanks to her appeals and the love Constantine had for her. Licinius would be despatched shortly afterwards on trumped up charges but the short reprieve was all thanks to Constantia's efforts. Constantia also takes an active role in the early Christian church finding favor...

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Constantine II 337 – 340 A.D.

Constantine II was the oldest son of Constantine I and inherited all the Western portions of the empire except for Africa and Italy. Not content with this much he bullied his brother Constans and tried wresting these possessions away from him. When Constans had had enough and cut off communications with Constantine the elder reacted by bringing his army into Northern Italy. But Constans had anticipated these events and was well-prepared to meet him. Caught off-guard by this counter-offensive, Constantine was killed in the fight and his possessions became Constans'.   AU Medallion RIC...

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Constantine I 307 – 337 A.D.

  One of the great Roman emperors, Constantine rose to power when his father Constantius Chlorus died in the year 306 while campaigning against Scottish tribes. He later went on to defeat the rival emperor Maxentius in the decisive battle of Milvian Bridge in 312. He is credited for several great landmarks in history and is probably best memorialized by the city that bore his name for hundreds of years: Constantinople. Although now renamed Istanbul, this city was to be the seat of power for all Byzantine emperors for the next 1100 years. Constantine is also remembered as the first Roman emperor...

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