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Live auction - brm_361614 - CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Solidus

CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT Solidus AU/AU
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Estimate : 4 500 €
Price : 4 300 €
Maximum bid : 4 300 €
End of the sale : 29 September 2015 15:09:45
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Solidus
Date: 335
Mint name / Town : Thessalonica
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,55 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés avec les grènetis visibles. Très beau portrait de Constantin Ier. Infime petite usure superficielle au revers sur la Victoire. Jolie patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets mordorés
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock d’Alain Poinsignon et de la collection MG

Obverse


Obverse legend : CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, drapé et cuirassé de Constantin Ier à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (A’c) ; diadème perlé et gemmé.
Obverse translation : “Constantinus Maximus Augustus”, (Constantin très grand auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VICTORIA CO-NSTANTINI AVG/ -|-// TSE.
Reverse description : Victoria (la Victoire) drapée marchant à gauche, tenant un trophée de la main droite et une palme de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Constantini Augusti”, (La Victoire de Constantin auguste).

Commentary


Rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées. Gros cabochon gemmé coiffant le diadème. Diadème richement ornementé. Petite fibule d’attache. Les ptéryges sont à peine visibles. Sur les vingt-deux exemplaires recensés, trois proviennent du trésor de Sirmium et quatre sont conservés dans des musées (British Museum de Londres, Ashmolean Museum d’Oxford, Kunsthistorisches Museum de Vienne, Staatlische Museum de Berlin).

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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