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Live auction - brm_479602 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus AU
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Estimate : 180 €
Price : 100 €
Maximum bid : 100 €
End of the sale : 10 April 2018 15:27:07
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 318-319
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,50 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 1re
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés. Beau buste de Constantin Ier. Joli revers inhabituel. Belle patine marron foncé
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : CONST-ANTINVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste casqué et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à droite drapé sur l’épaule, vu de trois quarts en avant (C*01).
Obverse translation : “Constantinus Augustus”, (Constantin auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : ROMAE A-ETERNAE/ P|R// RP.
Reverse description : Rome casquée et drapée assise à droite sur un bouclier tenant un bouclier inscrit X/V.
Reverse translation : “Romæ Æternæ Populus Romanus”, (À la Rome éternelle du Peuple romain).

Commentary


Casque orné et décoré. Cuirasse et épaulière cloutées. Ptéryges fines. Césure de légende de droit inhabituelle. Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la deuxième fois que nous proposons ce type avec cette officine à la vente.

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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