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Aquilea Mint

The Roman mint at Aquileia, Italy was open 294 to 324 A.D. and 334 - 430 A.D. Common mintmarks include: AQ, AQOB, AQPS, AQVI, AQVIL, and SMAQ.


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

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Constantine is most famous for leading the Empire to Christianity. Before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, he saw "In Hoc Signo Victor Eris" (By this sign you shall conquer) on the sun around a Chi Rho ligature. With the symbol of Christ on his army's shields, he was victorious. He moved the capital to Constantinople.
RL89036. Billon follis, RIC VI 117, SRCV IV 15507, Cohen VII 80, Hunter IV-, aEF, dark brown patina, lighter green highlights, weight 5.900 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Aquileia mint, as caesar, late summer 307 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse CONSERV VRB SVAE (Guardian of the city traditions), Roma seated facing on throne, head left, globe in right hand, scepter vertical in left, grounded shield at right side, all within hexastyle temple decorated with knobs as acroteria and wreath in pediment, AQΓ in exergue; ex CNG e-auction 233 (26 May 2010), lot 421 (realized $130 plus fees); $140.00 (123.20) ON RESERVE


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

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In 320, Crispus, eldest son of Constantine I, led a victorious campaign against the Franks, assuring twenty years of peace along the Rhine frontier. He established his residence in Augusta Treverorum (modern Trier), capital of Germania.
RL20963. Billon centenionalis, Paolucci-Zub 255a, RIC VII Aquileia 48, SRCV IV 16323, Cohen VII 690, Choice gVF, well centered, nice portrait, some silvering, weight 3.122 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 330o, 1st officina, Aquileia mint, 320 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCIT (courage of the army), vexillum inscribed VOT / XX, two captives seated at base facing outward, the one on the left with hands bound behind, the one on the right looking back left, S left, F right, AQP in exergue; from the Scott Collection, ex Beast Coins (2007); $110.00 (96.80)


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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Moneta was a surname given to Juno because she was said to have promised the Romans that if they fought only just wars, they would never be in want of money.
RT85728. Billon follis, RIC VI Aquileia 33b (S), SRCV IV 13296, Cohen VI 504, Hunter V 60, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, dark green patina, some porosity, cleaning marks, weight 9.917 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Aquileia mint, c. 301 A.D.; obverse IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR (the sacred money of our two emperors and two princes), Moneta standing slightly left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, V right, AQS in exergue; scarce; $100.00 (88.00)


Valens, 28 March 364 - 9 August 378 A.D.

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On 28 March 364, Valens, brother of Valentinian I, was appointed co-emperor (Augustus) in the palace of Hebdomon (Turkey). He soon began the first anti-pagan persecutions.
RL91652. Bronze centenionalis, RIC IX Aquileia 11(b)xvi(b), LRBC II 1012, SRCV V 19737, Cohen VIII 11, aVF/F, a little rough, light earthen deposits, weight 2.020 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Aquileia mint, 24 Aug 367 - 17 Nov 375 A.D.; obverse D N VALENS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), Valens advancing left, labarum (chi-rho Christ monogram banner) in left, dragging captive with right, no control symbols in fields, SMAQS in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $28.00 (24.64)


Patriarchate of Aquileia, Italy, Antonio II Panciera di Portogruaro, 1402 - 1412

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At the end of the 4th century, Ausonius counted Aquileia as ninth among the great cities of the world. However, such prominence made it a target and it was repeatedly sacked. In 452, Attila and his Huns so utterly destroyed the city that the inhabitants fled en masse to the lagoons, and laying the foundation for Venice. Aquileia would rise again, though much diminished, and would it be sacked and raided over and over, while the Roman ruins were continually pillaged for building material. In the 11th century, The Holy Roman Emperor gave the region to the patriarch as a feudal possession. However, the patriarch's temporal authority was constantly disputed by the territorial nobility. In 1027 and 1044 Patriarch Poppo of Aquileia, who rebuilt the cathedral of Aquileia, sacked neighboring Grado. In the 14th century the Patriarchal State reached its largest extension, stretching from the Piave river to the Julian Alps and northern Istria. In 1445, defeated by Venice, patriarch Ludovico Trevisan acquiesced in the loss of his temporal estate in return for an annual salary of 5,000 ducats. The Patriarchal State was incorporated in the Republic of Venice with the name of Patria del Friuli, ruled by a provveditore generale or a luogotenente living in Udine.
ME92011. Silver denaro, CNI VI p. 37, 7; Bernardi Aquileia 67; Biaggi 191, F, toned, porous, tight flan, weight 0.453 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 225o, Aquileia mint, 1402 - 1412; obverse + AnTOnIVS * PATRIARCH (rosette stop), Patriarchal coat-of-arms consisting of a shield horizontally unequally divided; in the upper part there is a diagonal band of three checkered rows; in the lower part is a star with seven rays; reverse *AQV*ILE * GEn*SIS (stops are stars with eight rays), eagle of Aquileia facing, head left braking an inner border of dots, with wings displayed; $28.00 (24.64)


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

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The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."
RL88554. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Aquileia 139 (R5), LRBC I 669, SRCV IV 16366, Cohen VII 250, aF, tight flan, encrustations, weight 1.745 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Aquileia mint, 336 - 137 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, AQP in exergue; very rare; $12.00 (10.56)







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