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brm_600340 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus XF
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Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 318-319
Mint name / Town : Arles
Metal : copper
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,57 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 1re
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré. Beau buste de Constantin Ier. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Belle patine verte et sable légèrement granuleuse
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Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection A-M Schmit-Cadet

Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG.
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 : “Imperator Constantinus Augustus”, (L’empereur Constantin auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP/ VOT/ PR/-|-// P(CROISSANT ÉTOILÉ)A.
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. Sans césure au droit. Casque lisse. Autel orné d’un losange pointé au revers. P. Ferrando a recensé 6 exemplaires dont deux en musées.

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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