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brm_535278 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Centenionalis ou nummus AU/XF
235.00 €(Approx. 260.85$ | 209.15£)
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Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 319-320
Mint name / Town : Arles
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,79 g.
Rarity : INÉDIT
Officine: 3e
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection L. P

Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP CONSTANT-INVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste casqué et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à gauche, vu de trois quarts en avant, tenant un sceptre transversal sur l’épaule (D*2).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Constantinus Augustus”, (L’empereur Constantin auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP/ VOT/ PR// TARL.
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 léger. Casque clouté et décoré, orné de deux étoiles à huit rais. Ptéryges larges. Variante au revers avec un cippe orné d’un losange pointé.

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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