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Camp Gates

Although traditionally called camp gates, the type may not actually depict the gates to a Roman camp. Most probably depict watch towers, fortresses, or city gates. Camp gates are a very popular collecting theme. Popular varieties include those with visible open or closed doors, unusual turrets or towers, windows, decorated bricks, those with an unusually large or small number of brick rows, and of course those issued by rarer emperors.


Galerius, 1 March 305 - 5 May 311 A.D.

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Galerius was Caesar and tetrarch under Maximianus. Although a talented general and administrator, Galerius is better known for his key role in the "Great Persecution" of Christians. He stopped the persecution under the condition the Christians pray for his return to health from a serious illness. Galerius died horribly shortly after.
SH91317. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Rome 29b (R2), RSC V 219a, Hunter V 14, SRCV IV 14264, Choice VF, well centered, flow lines, nearly as struck but with die wear, weight 3.286 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 294 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS CAES, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod in front of gated enclosure with six turrets; rare; $540.00 (475.20)


Lot of 20 Late Roman Empire Campgate Reverse Coins

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LT85419. Billon Lot, 20 late Roman Empire campgate reverse coins, VF, nice coins, unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $285.00 (250.80)


Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

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In 326 A.D., Constantine the great reorganized the Roman army into smaller units classified into three grades: palatini, (imperial escort armies); comitatenses, (forces based in frontier provinces) and limitanei (auxilia border troops).
RL86625. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 20 (also 2nd officina), RIC VII Trier 479, LRBC I 33, SRCV V 17216, Cohen VII 165, choice aEF, excellent centering, some of the obverse legend not fully struck, light bumps and marks, weight 3.104 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, as caesar, 326 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with two turrets, two upper rows of masonry larger, star above, STR and pellet within crescent in exergue; $80.00 (70.40)


Valentinian II, 17 November 375 - 15 May 392 A.D.

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In 380, Rome's enemies the Germans, Sarmatians and Huns were taken into Imperial service; barbarian leaders began to play an increasingly active role in the Roman Empire.
RL74501. Bronze half centenionalis, RIC IX Thessalonica 62(a)1 (S), LRBC II 1864, SRCV V 20340, Cohen VIII 12 corr., VF, interesting turrets, tight and slightly irregular flan, weight 0.925 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 345o, 1st officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 384 - 28 Aug 388 A.D.; obverse D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA REIPVBLICE (glory of the Republic), campgate with two turrets, A left, TES in exergue; $70.00 (61.60)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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On July 4, 325, in Nicea, a little town near the Bosporus Straits, Constantine the Great entered the hall in his imperial, jewel-encrusted, multicolored brocades, but this time without his usual train of soldiers. In the hall about three hundred Christian bishops and deacons were gathered around the Gospels laying open on a table. Constantine spoke briefly. He told them to come to agreement on the crucial questions dividing them. "Division in the church," he said, "is worse than war." Nicea began a new era for Christianity. Some of these churchmen carried scars of the imperial lash. One pastor from Egypt was missing an eye; another was crippled in both hands as a result of red-hot irons. The persecuted had become the respected advisers of the emperor. The once-despised church was on its way to becoming the state religion.
RL91645. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Arles 286, LRBC I 290, SRCV IV 16244, Cohen VII 454, Hunter V -, Choice EF, well centered and struck, dark patina, light deposits, weight 2.853 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE AVGG (to the foresight of the two emperors), campgate with two turrets, star above, PA crescent RL in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce; $60.00 (52.80)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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On 20 May 325, Constantine I summoned an ecumenical council of bishops in Nicaea (the First Council of Nicaea). The Nicene Creed declares that the members of the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) are equal. The council also decided that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the 21st of March.
RL84297. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 452, LRBC I 16, Cohen VII 125, SRCV IV 16792, gVF, some silvering, weight 3.387 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with two turrets, no door, star above, PTR in exergue; scarce; $55.00 (48.40)


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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In 326, Constantine traveled to Rome to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his accession to power.
RL91647. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 38, LRBC II 1193, SRCV V 17652, Cohen VII 167, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, flow lines, die wear, scattered porosity, weight 2.532 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with two turrets, star above, SMKA in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $55.00 (48.40)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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In 325, Constantine I personally assured the security of the Danube frontier by defeating the Goths, the Vandals, and the Sarmatians.
RL91653. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 451 (S), LRBC I 15, SRCV IV 16792, Cohen VII 124, Hunter V -, aEF, nice portrait, flow lines, bottom of both obverse and reverse weak, long flan crack, weight 2.850 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate with two turrets, star above, STR in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $50.00 (44.00)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. According to tradition, it was founded by Pelasgians from Thessaly and later received many colonies from Miletus. Like the other Greek cities in Asia, it fell under the rule of the Persia Empire until Alexander the Great captured it in 334 B.C. In 74 B.C. the city, allied with Rome, withstood a siege by 300,000 men led by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, Cyzicus was made the capital of Mysia, and afterward of Hellespontus. Dates of operation: The Cyzicus mint was opened by Gallienus (253 - 268 A.D.) and continued to strike coins well into the Byzantine era. Mintmarks: K, KVZ, SMK.
RL88633. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 24 (S), LRBC I 1158, Cohen VII 454, SRCV IV 16261, Hunter V 361 - 362 var. (officina), VF, well centered, dark green patina, earthen deposits, spots of corrosion, weight 2.949 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE AVGG (to the foresight of the two emperors), campgate with two turrets, star above, SMKΓ in exergue; $24.00 (21.12)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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On May 21 the Orthodox Christian Church celebrates the "Feast of the Holy Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helen, Equal to the Apostles."
RL88817. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 34, LRBC I 1171, Cohen VII 454, SRCV IV 16262, Hunter V 361 ff. var. (officina), F, well centered, corrosion, weight 3.099 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE AVGG (to the foresight of the two emperors), campgate with two turrets, star above, SMKS in exergue; $19.00 (16.72)




  



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