GLORIA EXERCITVS
"The Glory of the Army"


As noted on my page found here - GLORIA EXERCITVS COINS, these humble little coins make up one of my favorite areas of collecting.

As a number of emperors had discovered (too late), sitting on the throne of Rome depended in a large part on the support of its army. As Imperator (the supreme commander of the army), the emperor had to have the support of his forces. Lose that support, and you risk losing your head....literally.

The GLORIA EXERCITVS coins were a small, but important recognition given to the army by Constantine and his family, thereby making them an interesting study in the use of Roman coins as a tool of propaganda.

While the basic design of the coins are very similar: Two soldiers with either one or two standards, there is an infinite variety of subtle little differences in the way the details were cut. It is these differences that make this an interesting and challenging area of study.


Constantine era GLORIA EXERCITVS coins

Constantius II
Alexandria mint
17mm, 2.24g
OBV: FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards
EXG: SMALE
Constantine II
Antioch mint
18mm, 2.74g
OBV: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards.
Large dots in standards
EXG: SMANA
Constantine II
Antioch mint
15mm, 2.31g
OBV: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, one standard
"O" with dot inside banner
EXG: SMANC
Constantine II
Antioch mint
17mm, 2.59g
OBV: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards
Standard made of alternating dots and crescents
EXG: SMANE
Constantius II
Arelate mint
16mm, 2.18g
OBV: FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards
Wreath and dot between standards
EXG: SCONST

An interesting coin....look at the way the celator created the soldier's
faces. It looks like he used a round punch. The design on the shaft of
the standard has a dot sitting on a crescent. The size of the dot appears
to be the same size as the one used to create the soldier's "faces".

Hmmmm.....a lazy celator, maybe??

Constantivs II
Cyzicus mint
15mm, 1.35g
OBV: FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, one standard
EXG: SMKS
Standard made of large circles
Constantine II
Nicomedia mint
17mm, 2.62g
OBV: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards
EXG: SMNr
Standard made of smaller hollow dots
Constantius II
Siscia mint
OBV: FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards
EXG: (pellet) rSIS (pellet)
Standard made of hollow circles
Constantius II
Treveri mint
OBV: FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards
EXG: TR ?
What an interesting portrait of the young Caesar!

At first glance, it looks like only one standard, but if you
look closely, there are actually two on this rather crowded
flan. There is even a star on top on the banners

Constantius II
Treveri mint
16mm, 1.03g
OBV: CONSTANTIVS P F AVG
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, one standard
EXG: TRP ?
Letter "M" in standard
I have no idea what the letter M stands for. Any thoughts?
Constantine II
Treveri mint
18mm, 2.71g
OBV: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards
EXG: TR (pellet) P
Shaft of standard made of small, hollow dots. Triangular banner
on top. Pellet between standards
Constantine II
Treveri mint
16mm, 2.8g
OBV: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards
EXG: TR (?) (pellet)
Shaft of standard made of large dots. Tall, skinny banners
Constantius II
Treveri mint
19mm, 2.99g
OBV: FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, two standards
EXG: TR (pellet) (?)
Slender standards, triangular banners on top
Constantius II
Unknown mint
15mm, 1.41g
OBV: CONSTANTIVS AVG
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, one standard
Smaller dots on shaft of standard. Large circle in banner
(Ahem....I'm hoping that isn't a booger hanging from the
young prince's nose...)
Constantius II
Unknown mint
14mm, 1.52g
OBV: CONSTANTIVS AVG
REV: GLORIA EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, one standard
Chi Rho inside standard
No photo yet
Constantine II
Unknown mint
15mm, 1.95g
OBV: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C
REV: GLORIS EXERCITVS
Two soldiers, one standard
Letter "Y" in banner
No photo yet