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v24_0704 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Demi-centenionalis ou demi-nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT  Demi-centenionalis ou demi-nummus AU
MONNAIES 24 (2005)
Starting price : 175.00 €
Estimate : 300.00 €
Realised price : 290.00 €
Number of bids : 5
Maximum bid : 360.00 €
Type : Demi-centenionalis ou demi-nummus
Date: 326
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : copper
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,72 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 1re
Emission: 6e
Coments on the condition:
Flan très large. Très beau portrait. Joli revers. Patine marron. Flan légèrement fendu à 11 heures au revers
Catalogue references :
C.- - RIC.281 (R4) - LRBC.- - RC.- - MRK.-

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, drapé et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (A*b) ; diadème formé de gemmes et de laurier.

Reverse


Reverse legend : (COURONNE)/ CONSTAN/ TINVS/ AVG/ SMRP.
Reverse description : Légende en quatre lignes entre une étoile et un point.
Reverse translation : “Constantius Cæsar”, (Constance césar).

Commentary


Poids lourd. Émission de donativum, constituée de monnaies divisionnaires.

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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