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E-auction 347-261073 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus AU/AU
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Estimate : 95 €
Price : 31 €
Maximum bid : 35 €
End of the sale : 09 December 2019 14:16:30
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 319
Mint name / Town : Siscia
Metal : copper
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,61 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 5e
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : CONSTANTI-NVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste casqué, drapé et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à gauche, vu de trois quarts en avant, tenant une haste de la main droite ; le casque orné des étoiles des Dioscures (E*3).
Obverse translation : “Constantinus Augustus", (Constantin auguste).


Reverse legend : VICT. LAETAE PRINC PERP/ VOT/ PR/S// .ESIS..
Reverse description : Deux Victoires debout, face à face, posant un bouclier sur un cippe.
Reverse translation : "Victoriæ Lætæ Principium Perpetuæ/ Vota Populi Romani", (À la victoire heureuse et durable du prince/ Vœux du Peuple romain).


Sur cet exemplaire, les deux étoiles du casque prennent la forme d’un chrisme primitif (constantinien). Cuirasse et bouclier cloutés. Cippe orné d’un sigma.

Historical background


(25/07/306-22/05/337) Flavius Valerius Constantinus

August (25/12/307-22/05/337)

Constantine was born in 274, son of Constantius and Helena. He was appointed Caesar to the death of his father 25 July 306 and was proclaimed august 25 December 307. He married Fausta, daughter of Maximian, who will give him five children, three august. The first twenty years of his reign are dedicated to become the main august against Maximian, Galerius, Maxentius, Maximin and Licinius II. He is recognized as the first Christian emperor, although baptized only on his deathbed 22 May 337.

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