Bronze Coin - Centenionalis, Ancient Rome, c. 348-361 AD.
Emperor: Constantius II (son of Constantine the Great), as Augustus
Obv: Diademed bust, right
Rev: Soldier spearing fallen Persian horseman!
Sear-R-3903, 22mm, 5.70gm. Choice well-centered example on large flan.Very strong strike and virtually no wear, with pleasing chocolate brown patina.
Constantius II was Roman Emperor from 337 to 361. The second son of Constantine I and Fausta, he ascended to the throne with his brothers Constantine II and Constans upon their father's death.
In 340, Constantius' brothers clashed over the western provinces of the empire. The resulting conflict left Constantine II dead and Constans as ruler of the west until he was overthrown and assassinated in 350 by the usurper Magnentius. Unwilling to accept Magnentius as co-ruler, Constantius defeated him at the battles of Mursa Major and Mons Seleucus. Magnentius committed suicide after the latter, leaving Constantius as sole ruler of the empire.