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E-auction 512-424736 - brm_716459 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus VF/XF
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Estimate : 50 €
Price : 5 €
Maximum bid : 5 €
End of the sale : 06 February 2023 14:29:30
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 318-320
Mint name / Town : Héraclée
Metal : copper
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,5 g.
Officine: 2e
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie bien centrée, avec un joli revers détaillé. Patine hétérogène
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré drapé et cuirassé à gauche, tenant un foudre de la main droite, tenant un globe et un sceptre transversal (B*17).
Obverse translation : "Imperator Constantinus Augustus", (L’empereur Constantin auguste).


Reverse legend : PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG/ -|.// SMHB.
Reverse description : Porte de camp surmontée de trois tourelles.
Reverse translation : "Providentiæ Augustorum", (La Providence des Augustes).


Poids léger. Rubans de type 3. Très beau buste tout à fait inhabituel où l’empereur semble tenir un foudre au lieu de la mappa (linge utilisé pour donner le départ des courses de chevaux dans l’hippodrome). Six rangs verticaux de pierres au revers.

Historical background




Constantine was born in 274, son of Constance Chlore and Helena. He was named Caesar on the death of his father on July 25, 306 and was proclaimed august on December 25, 307. He married Fausta, the daughter of Maximien Hercule, who gave him five children, three of whom were augusts. The first twenty years of his reign are devoted to imposing himself as the main august against Maximian Hercules, Galerius, Maxentius, Maximin II and Licinius. He is recognized as the first Christian emperor, although baptized only on his deathbed on May 22, 337.

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