Constantius I, Follis, Horseback reverse, Rare, Look!
Æ 28mm/9.4gm struck ca. 305-306 AD
CON/ Very Fine, see Seller's Note below
OBV/ IMP CONSTANTIVS PF AVG; laur. helmeted and cuir bust left, holding shield in l. hand and spear across shoulder in r. hand
REV/ VIRTVS AV-GG ET CAESS NN; Prince, with shield on l. arm, galloping r. and
spearing kneeling foeman; second foeman prostrate on ground beneath
Aquileia Mint - AQS in exergue
REF/ RIC VOL VI, 66a = Rare
Seller's Note/ The rich and glossy red and green patina on this coin is truly remarkable. Over 30 years and we've never seen anything like it; very much like the crackled glaze seen on centuries-old oil paintings. On the reverse, like an optical illusion, the mounted prince appears to be exploding off the surface. Wow!
At the time this extraordinary issue was stuck, Constantius was ill and dying and his son, Constantine, had yet to be elevated to the rank of Augustus. The 'young prince' in the reverse description is Constantine I.