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Collection Roman Collection
Catalog Number 2015.7.116
Object Name Coin
Description Roman Imperial coin, bronze, AE 3. Struck during the reign of Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus (Constantine the Great) in honor of his son Crispus as Caesar (c. 299-326 C.E.) during his lifetime, in Treveri (Trier), 317-326 C.E. The laureate head of Crispus faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IVL CRISPVS NOB C" left and right of image. On reverse, a laurel wreath is depicted with the inscriptions "VOT V" in center, "CAESARVM NOSTRORVM" left and right of image, and "STR" in the exergum. Reverse inscriptions based on Sear reference; coin is off struck and damaged rendering the inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date range: 317-326 C.E.

Remarks: Born c. 299 C.E., Crispus was the first born son of Constantine I and his first wife Minervina. He was obliged to divorce Minervina in 307 and marry Fausta, the daughter of Maximianus, when he was raised to Augustus in order to strengthen the tetrarchy alliance. In 326, Fausta had become jealous of her step-son, Crispus, who was a Caesar and the son of Constantine by his first wife, Minervina. Fausta saw in the growing popularity of Crispus a threat to the future of her own three sons, so she fabricated evidence of treason against the unfortunate Caesar who was imprisoned and executed. When Constantine learned the truth, he immediately condemned his wife to death and she was thrown into a bath of boiling water. Crispus' coins were minted in London, Treveri, Lugdunum, Arelate, Ticinum, Aquileia, Rome, Siscia, Sirmium, Thessalonica, Heraclea, Constantinople, Nicomedia, Cyzicus, Antioch, and Alexandria.

Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol IV, 2011), #16760, pg 530
Title Crispus
Date 317-326 CE
Material Bronze
Dimensions Dia-0.5 inches
Credit line Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas
Place of Origin Europe/Germany/Trier
Subjects Roman Empire
Ancient Rome