Reproduction Centenionalis of Magnentius
Obverse: Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Magnentius right. Text around D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG.
Reverse: Magnentius in military uniform standing left holding small victory with wreath in right hand and labarum (staff with the Greek letters Chi-Rho on top) in the left hand. Text around FELICITAS REIPVBLICE, meaning happiness and prosperity for the state.
History: Magnentius was a general of great skill, becoming one of the empires foremost military leaders during the reign of Constans. However, in 350 A.D. he rebelled and took control of the Western provinces. Not content with official recognition by Constantius II, he invaded the latter's territory and after some initial success, met with a great defeat at Mursa. After a retreat into Gaul, he was abandoned by his soldiers and committed suicide.
Date: Lugdunum mint. Struck circa 350-353AD