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brm_600363 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus XF
100.00 €(Approx. 119.00$ | 86.00£)
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Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 320
Mint name / Town : Arles
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,54 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire à l’usure régulière bien centré des deux côtés. Patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection A-M Schmit-Cadet

Obverse


Obverse legend : CONSTA-NTINVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste casqué et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant, le casque orné d'une palmette (C*6).
Obverse translation : "Constantinus Augustus", (Constantin auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VIRTVS E-XERCIT/ VOT/XX// PARL.
Reverse description : Labarum entre deux captifs assis dos à dos.
Reverse translation : "Virtus Exerciti/ Votis vicennalia", (La Virilité de l'armée/ Vœux pour le vingtième anniversaire de règne).

Commentary


Poids très léger. Cuirasse lisse. Ptéryges fines. P. Ferrando a recensé seulement 2 exemplaires dont un en musée (Arles). .

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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