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brm_609598 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Follis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Follis ou nummus AU
75.00 €(Approx. 89.25$ | 66.75£)
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Type : Follis ou nummus
Date: 314-315
Mint name / Town : Arles
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,34 g.
Officine: 3e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan épais bien centré à l’usure superficielle. Beau buste de Constantin Ier. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Patine marron
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Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré, drapé et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (A*).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Constantinus Pius Felix Augustus”, (L’empereur Constantin pieux heureux auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : SOLI INV-I-CTO COMITI/ S|F// TARL.
Reverse description : Sol (le Soleil) radié à demi nu, le manteau sur l’épaule, debout à droite, tournée à gauche, levant la main droite et tenant un globe de la gauche.
Reverse translation : “Soli Invicto Comiti”, (Au compagnon le Soleil invincible).

Commentary


Poids très lourd. Rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées. Ptéryges fines sous le paludamentum. Pour ce type P. Ferrando a recensé 54 exemplaires.

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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