Constantius II, as Caesar, 324-337.
Siliqua (Silver, 19 mm, 3.07 g, 12 h), celebrating the 1000th anniversary of Byzantium. Constantinopolis, 333-334. Plain-diademed head of Constantius II to right. Rev.
CONSTAN-TIVS CAESAR / CONSI Victory advancing left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond in her left; in field to left, M. Ramskold, Silver emissions (2018), p. 152, fig. 2L (this coin
, emission 5). RIC -. RSC -. Extremely rare, one of only four known examples in the name of Constantius Caesar and the only one in private hands. Porous and with a small test cut on the obverse and a few light scratches, otherwise,
good very fine.
From the collection of Dr. L. Ramskold, formed since 1969.
This extremely rare piece belongs to emission 5 of Ramskold, Silver emissions (2018) - the so-called Byzantion Millennium emission. Ramskold proposed that this emission was struck to celebrate the 1,000 year anniversary of the founding of Byzantium. According to the date given by Herodotos, the millennium would take place in 333. Based on internal evidence such as hairstyle, the emission can be independently dated to circa 333 as well. Ramskold suggested that the M in the reverse field is the Roman numeral for 1,000, marking the coins as a millennial celebration emission.