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Live auction - brm_651412 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Follis ou nummus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Follis ou nummus AU/XF
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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 750 €
Maximum bid : 750 €
End of the sale : 15 June 2021 15:20:19
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Follis ou nummus
Date: 315-316
Mint name / Town : Arles
Metal : copper
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,36 g.
Rarity : R3
Officine: 2e
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie exceptionnelle avec un buste incroyable de Constantin Ier. Usure régulière au revers. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP C-ONSTANTINVS P F AVG.
Obverse description : Buste mi-corps lauré de Constantin Ier, la cuirassé décorée d’une tête de Méduse, tenant une lance de la main droite et un bouclier de la main gauche.
Obverse translation : “Imperator Constantinus Pius Felix Augustus”, (L’empereur Constantin pieux heureux auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : SOLI INV-I-CTO COMITI/ S|F// SARL.
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


Buste extraordinaire. C’est l’une des monnaies les plus rares du règne de Constantin Ier frappée à Arles. Un seul exemplaire est connu, conservé au musée d’Arles. C’est le second exemplaire recensé et le seul disponible sur le marché !.

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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