ROMAN EMPIRE. CONSTANS, AD 337-350.
Gold solidus, 4.46 g., 22mm., minted at Thessalonica, ca. AD 337-340.
Obv. FL IVL CONSTANS P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. VIRTVS EXERCITVM, Constans standing in military cuirass, holding trophy mounted on a spear and shield propped on the ground, flanked by bound barbarian captives, TES (for Thessalonica) in exergue.
RIC VIII 34; Depeyrot 4/7; Mazzini 191 (THIS COIN); Biaggi 2126
Ex Numismatic Fine Arts XXXIII (3 May 1994), lot 695; Numismatic Fine Arts XXIX (13 August 1992), lot 441; Numismatic Fine Arts XXII (1 June 1989), lot 140; Giuseppe Mazzini Collection, 191.
NGC graded MINT STATE STAR, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, a really attractive coin with a reverse type so symbolic of the military might of Rome, a piece with a prestigious collection pedigree that is noted on the holder.