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Siliqua of Constantius II

This 4th century Roman silver coin was found by John Ruczynski but the images were sent in by his brother, Mike. John goes out detecting on his bicycle, which must be awkward due to the amount of tackle needed for a search session. He must also be fit, for after a few hours detecting I certainly wouldn’t look forward to the journey back home on a bike.

John’s find is a siliqua (16mm in diameter) of Constantius II as Augustus (AD 337 to 361). On the obverse, facing right, is the diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of the emperor and a legend reading D N CONSTANTIVS PF AVG.

Within a wreath on the reverse is VOTIS XXX MVLTIS XXXX in four lines. At the base of the wreath are the mint letters for Constantia (S CON). The letter S before CON identifies the workshop at Constantia that struck this siliqua.

In volume V of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values this coin is listed as number 17934. The type was struck from AD 353 to357.


The coin would grade but VF there is some kind of deposit in the fields and an edge crack, which shows up on the obverse in front of the emperor’s mouth. It’s still a decent looking example and shouldn’t be worth any less than £90.

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