Vetranio. Roman emperor, 350 AD.
Here are images of coins of all six AE types issued by Vetranio in
his own name,
all four of them also issued in the name of Constantius II, and
all three which were continued later under Constantius Gallus.
CONCORDIA - MILITVM
Emperor standing front, holding in each hand a standard with ch-rho.
This type was issued simultaneously with the HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS
Vetranio, RIC Siscia 285 (A behind and * in front of bust)
23 mm. 4.56 grams. 12:00.
Constantius II. RIC Siscia 285. A in field left, both obverse and
reverse. Struck under Vetranio.
25 mm. 4.78 grams. 6:00
Constantius Gallus. RIC Sicisa 30.
22 mm. 4.16 grams. 12:00.
The type, initiated by Vetranio, was continued
"III" in reverse left field. Struck after Gallus became Caesar March
15, 351 (well after Vetranio abdicated) to August 351 when the mint
was taken over by Magnentius for about a month until it was retaken
by Constantius II, after which the type was apparently not resumed
(according to RIC, even though it was issued then at
Sirmium--see the next coin). Coins of this type and the next are
perhaps three or four times as common for Constantius II as for
Gallus, so it might be that this type was discontinued within a year
of the elevation of Gallus. For Gallus, two scarce AE3 types and
then common FEL TEMP REPARATIO galley and
soldier-spearing-fallen-horseman types followed it, suggesting the
CONCORDIA MILITVM and HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS types were not continued
for long in the reign of Gallus, who was deposed and executed in
Constantius Gallus. RIC Sirmium 24. "III" in reverse left
24-23 mm. 5.24 grams. 6:00
Struck, obviously, after the mint at Sirmium was founded c. Sept 351
(almost a year after Vetranio abdicated) using the personnel from
one officina of Siscia.
Sirmium did not issue coins for Vetranio. The type, initiated by
Vetranio, was continued for Gallus.
Constantius II, RIC Sirmium 21.
24-21 mm. 5.03 grams. 12:30.
The same issue as the above coin for Gallus.
HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS
"In this sign, you will be victorious"
Emperor standing holding standard with chi-rho,
to r. is Victory, crowning him with wreath and holding palm branch
Vetranio RIC Siscia 287 (A behind and * in front of bust)
21 mm. 5.06 grams. 12:30.
Constantius II. RIC Siscia 282.
The "A" in the left field of the reverse is a control mark
attributed to the time of Vetranio, unlike the "III" seen on all
Gallus coins of this type.
Gallus did not become Caesar until March 15, 351, well after
24 mm. 6.09 grams. 12:00
Constantius II, RIC Siscia 304.
*SIS<crescent opening up>
The "III" in the left field of the reverse indicates it was issued
alongside the issues of Gallus (see the next coin) and therefore not
during the reign of Vetranio.
23-22 mm. 4.80 grams. 6:00.
Constantius Gallus. RIC Siscia 306
23 mm. 6.75 grams. 6:00
Constantius Gallus. RIC Sirmium 22
21 mm. 5.11 grams. 12:00
This coin is from Sirmium, a mint which did not issue coins for
Vetranio. The type, initiated by Vetranio, was continued for Gallus.
Struck, obviously, after the mint at Sirmium was founded c. Sept
For comments on Gallus and the Sirmium mint, see
VIRTVS - EXERCITVM
Emperor standing front, holding standard with chi-rho, resting left
Vetranio, RIC Thessalonica 126
24 mm. 4.56 grams. 12:00.
Emperor standing front, holding standard with chi-rho and reversed
spear, leaning left on shield.
Vetranio, RIC Siscia 294
19 mm. 2.64 grams. 1:00
Constantius II. RIC Siscia 293
19-16 mm. 2.54 grams. 12:00
Constantius Gallus. RIC Siscia 356
18 mm. 1.85 grams. 6:00
"Fourth issue" of four from 28 Sept. 351 to 6 Nov. 355.
Emperor standing right holding spear and globe, kicking captive.
Vetranio, RIC Siscia 296
20-18 mm. 2.37 grams. 6:00
Constantius II. RIC Siscia 295
18 mm. 2.61 grams. 6:00
VIRTVS - EXERCITVM
Emperor front, holding standard with chi-rho, resting left on shield
Vetranio. RIC Thessalonica 138
18 mm. 2.56 grams. 6:00
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