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E-auction 310-228242 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus AU
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Estimate : 55 €
Price : 20 €
Maximum bid : 22 €
End of the sale : 25 March 2019 14:22:30
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 320
Mint name / Town : Siscia
Metal : copper
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 2,36 g.
Officine: 5e
Coments on the condition:
Joli exemplaire, idéalement centré des deux côtés. Patine vert foncé. Joli revers. Beau buste de Constantin à l’avers
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : CONST-ANTINVS 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 - EXERCIT/ VOT/ XX/S|F/ -|HL// ESIS (CROISSANT ÉTOILÉ).
Reverse description : Vexillum (étendard) inscrit VOT/ XX en deux lignes entre deux captifs assis à terre ; celui de gauche est dans l’attitude de la tristesse et celui de droite a les mains liées dans le dos et se retourne.
Reverse translation : “Virtus Exerciti”, (La Virilité de l’armée).

Commentary


Poids léger. Casque décoré. Visière cloutée. Couvre nuque orné de deux globules horizontaux. Cuirasse et épaulière décorées. Ptéryges fines.

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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