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E-auction 323-239681 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus XF
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Estimate : 80 €
Price : 18 €
Maximum bid : 21 €
End of the sale : 24 June 2019 14:11:00
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 318-319
Mint name / Town : Atelier incertain
Metal : copper
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,52 g.
Rarity : R1
Catalogue references :
C.- - RIC.- - RCV.-

Obverse


Obverse legend : CONSTANT-INVS MX AVG (SIC !).
Obverse description : Buste lauré, casqué et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à droite drapé sur l’épaule, vu de trois quarts en avant (C*01).
Obverse translation : “Constantinus Maximus Augustus”, (Constantin le grand auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE CORROMPUE// STI.
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).

Commentary


Poids très léger. Imitation. Portrait stylisé. Rubans de type 3. Casque lisse. Cuirasse et épaulière cloutées. Peut être une imitation de l’atelier de Ticinum ou de Trèves.

Historical background


CONSTANTINE THE GREAT I

(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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