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Silver and Gold Ring with a Roman Bronze Coin of Emperor Constans - FJ.5402
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 337 AD to 350 AD

Collection: Jewelry
Medium: Bronze, Gold, Silver


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Flavius Julius Constans, the youngest son of Constantine I and Fausta, was born about 320 A.D. and was raised to the rank of Caesar in 333. On the division of the empire he received Italy, Africa and the Balkans, though he later surrendered Thrace and Constantinople to his brother Constantius in 339. In 340 his brother, Constantine, invaded his territories but was defeated and killed, thus leaving cons tans master of the western half of the empire. During the following decade he campaigned against the barbarians with considerable success, and in 343 he visited Britain, the last reigning monarch to do so, in order to repel the Picts and Scots. In 350, however, while on a hunting expedition in Gaul, he received word that Magnentius had rebelled at Augustodunum (Autun) and that the legions had joined the revolt. Constans thereupon fled in the direction of Spain, but was overtaken and murdered near the fortress of Helene at the foot of the Pyrenees. This handsome bronze coin minted during the reign of Constans features the laurelled bust of the emperor on one side, while the reverse side of the coin depicts two soldiers standing on either side of a standard. The coin was found in Jerusalem and has been mounted in a gorgeous silver and 18 karat gold ring. - (FJ.5402)

 

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