VF Constans AE18 Trier Mint 348-350 AD Phoenix Radiate on a Rocky Mound

Ancient Coins - VF Constans AE18 Trier Mint 348-350 AD Phoenix Radiate on a Rocky Mound
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Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.
RL91651. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Trier 228, LRBC II 33, SRCV V 18708, Cohen VII 22, VF, a little rough, edge a little ragged, 2.244g, 18.0mm, 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL • TEMP • REPARATIO (happy times restored), Phoenix radiate standing right on a rocky mound, TRP• in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce
The Roman poet Ovid tells the story of the Phoenix: 'Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind which reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived five hundred years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, or on the top of a palm tree. In this it collects cinnamon and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out its last breath amidst odors. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix issues forth, destined to live as long a life as its predecessor. When this has grown up and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle and its parent's sepulcher), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.'
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