Reduced Follis of Constantius II
money; coins (money)
This bronze coin was minted at some point during the reign of Constantius II in the Eastern Roman Empire, also called the Byzantine Empire. The coin features a profile of Constantius II, allowing subjects to learn what their ruler looked like. The reverse side has the image of a Roman camp gate. During Constantius’ rule the empire was beset by conflict, both with other states and internally through civil war. The camp gate represents the state and military might. This shows the stability that Constantius hoped to provide at a time when there was serious instability and uncertainty.
Constantius II, Emperor of Constantinople
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau Fall 2021)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)
Byzantine Empire, Roman Empire