LICINIUS II as Caesar 317-324 AD
Poor little Licinius Jr...
His father, Licinus I was the Emperor in the East, his mother was Constantia, the sister of his arch rival, Constantine in the West. This was the age of Diocletian's Tetrarchy and at that time, Constantine had four grown sons, each a general; Crispus, Constantine II, Constans and Constantius II, but Licinius I had only one under-aged son, a little fat boy simply too young to take the reins or help his father to rule in any manner. After a losing decisive battle in 324, Licinius I, Constantia and Licinius Jr, fled but never found a safe haven. After their capture by the troops of Constantine, Licinius I was executed. There are two tales concerning the final fate of Licinius Jr.; one tells that he was sold into slavery (doubtful) and the other is that he was executed as an Enemy of the State (more likely)...at just twelve years old.
I have been collecting these issues for nearly 25 years and it is now time to pass them on.
The mints include Alexandria, Antioch, Aquileia, Arles, Cyzicus, Heraclea, Nicomedia, Rome, Siscia, Thessalonika, Ticinum and Treveri.
All are RIC Vol VII rated R1 or more and nearly all are in aVF-EF condition.
As time allows, all be listed under each mint.