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Live auction - brm_466928 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Follis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Follis ou nummus AU
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 480 €
Maximum bid : 485 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 16:03:17
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Follis ou nummus
Date: novembre 312 - mars 313
Date: 312-313
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : copper
Diameter : 24,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,11 g.
Rarity : INÉDIT
Officine: 3e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan très large ovale, parfaitement centré des deux côtés avec les grènetis visibles. Portrait particulier de Constantin Ier. Revers tout à fait exceptionnel et inhabituel. Belle patine marron
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection Philippe Lacoste

Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP C CONSTANTINVS P F AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (B*).
Obverse translation : "Imperator Caesar Constantinus Pius Felix Augustus" (L'empereur césar Constantin pieux heureux auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : SOLI INVI-C-TO COMITI/ -|-// RT.
Reverse description : Sol (le Soleil) radié, nu, debout à droite, la tête tournée à gauche, le manteau sur l’épaule, flottant de chaque côté, levant la main droite et tenant un globe de la gauche.
Reverse translation : “Soli Invicto Comiti”, (Au compagnon le Soleil invincible).

Commentary


Magnifique buste finement détaillé. Semble complètement inédit et non recensé. Manque à tous les ouvrages consultés. Type de la plus insigne rareté que nous présentons pour la première fois 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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