Two Soldiers With Standard Reverse

This is a typical reverse of a coin struck by constantine I, Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans as well as in the name of a few minor caesars. These types were issued from about A. D. 330 to 346. This example was struck at the important ancient city of Antioch in the Roman province of Syria (Modern Antakya, Turkey.
This example of a Two Soldiers, Two Standards reverse is just about as close to uncirculated as an ancient coin is found. Though it is hard to see in the photo, the coin has a delicate pearlescent plating of silver on the obverse that is so thin that the bronze underneath shows through. The light green and grey patina on the reverse also enhances the desirability of this coin. Coins with attractive patinas should NEVER be cleaned except to have surface dirt removed by someone with a lot of experience in doing this. The author found this gem at Treasure Island in Palo Alto, Califoria for $28.00. We wouldn't part with it for four times the price! Rudy usually has good bargains for those with the diligence to search through his trays and boxes.

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