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Large AE Folis - IMP CONSTANTIUS I
(s3669)
- Carthage Mint

Marcus Flavius Valerius Constantius

Born: 250
Emperor: A.D. 305-306

Obverse: Portrait laureate head right - CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES

Reverse: Africa standing left holding elephant tusk and standard, lion at feet - FELIX ADVENT AVG NN PK H

Inscriptions: CONSTANTIUS NOB(ilis) CAES(ar) / FELIX (Happy) ADVENT(us) NN (Nostri Duo) PK (Carthage) H (Officina)

Constantius the Noble Caesar / Happy Arrival Our Two - Minted in Carthage

Constantius, A career general and Father of Constantine I, was made Caesar under Maximian in 293 and gained prestige when his forces defeated the rebel Carausius. He went to Britain in 296, where he put down a rebellion of Carausius' successor, Allectus. Returning to Gaul, he defeated the Alemanni in 298. His vigor and his moderation made him popular with the people of the colonies as well as with his soldiers. The two emperors, Diocletian and Maximian, abdicated in 305, and Constantius and Galerius became emperors. The next year, however, Constantius died at York facing incursions by the Picts with his son Constantine by his side. He was succeeded by his son Constantine I