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brm_588119 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus AU
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Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 318-320
Mint name / Town : Héraclée
Metal : copper
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,22 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 2e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré. Beau buste de Constantin Ier. Joli revers. Patine grise avec des reflets métalliques
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré drapé et cuirassé à gauche, tenant un foudre de la main droite, tenant un globe et un sceptre transversal (B*17).
Obverse translation : "Imperator Constantinus Augustus", (L’empereur Constantin auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG/ -|-// .SMHB.
Reverse description : Porte de camp surmontée de trois tourelles.
Reverse translation : "Providentiæ Augustorum", (La Providence des Augustes).

Commentary


Avec son argenture superficielle. Rubans de type 3. Très beau buste tout à fait inhabituel où l’empereur semble tenir un foudre au lieu de la mappa (linge utilisé pour donner le départ des courses de chevaux dans l’hippodrome). Six rangs verticaux de pierres au revers.

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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