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E-auction 347-261095 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Follis

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Follis AU/XF
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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 42 €
Maximum bid : 46 €
End of the sale : 09 December 2019 14:27:30
bidders : 9 bidders
Type : Follis
Date: 312
Mint name / Town : Aquilée
Metal : copper
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 4,42 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 3e
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : CONSTANTINVS P F AVG.
Obverse description : Buste lauré et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à droite (B*) avec le vêtement richement décoré.
Obverse translation : (”Constantinus Pius Fleix Augustus”, Constantin Pieux et Heureux Auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : GENIO A-VGVSTI/ -|G // SMN.
Reverse description : Génie nu et tourelé debout à gauche, le manteau sur l'épaule, tenant une patère de la main droite dont le liquide se déverse et une corne d'abondance de la main gauche ; dans le champ à gauche, à ses pieds, un autel allumé.
Reverse translation : “Genio Augusti”, (Au Génie de l'Auguste).

Commentary


Rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées. Buste cuirassé richement décoré donnant l’impression d’un buste consulaire. Semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous le proposons 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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