When word of Constans' fate got out Constantius II was too far away
to be immediately effective. However, his sister Constantina was an ardent
supporter of his and was able to incite a revolt in Rome on her brother's
behalf. This gave rise to the short-lived rule of Nepotian. At her insistence
she was also able to convince Vetranio to go on the rebel warpath as well.
Unlike Nepotian, however, Magnentius resisted the urge to squash this impostor
and instead tried to have Vetranio recognize him. Not much came of these talks
because Constantius was by now nearby and he met Vetranio in person to discuss
the situation. After their meeting was over Vetranio abdicated and retired as
private citizen along with a generous pension from Constantius. This left
Magnentius diplomatically isolated again and the two would confront each other
in battle soon.
AE Cententionalis 350 A.D.
Siscia, Officina 2
4.96 g., 22 mm.
Obv. DN VETRANIO PF AVG: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; A in lower
left field and star in lower right field
Rev. HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS: Emperor standing left, holding labarum and scepter,