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E-auction 201-130030 - brm_269093 - CONSTANTINOPOLIS Centenionalis ou nummus

CONSTANTINOPOLIS Centenionalis ou nummus XF
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Estimate : 55 €
Price : 19 €
Maximum bid : 19 €
End of the sale : 20 February 2017 14:16:00
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 331
Mint name / Town : Lyon
Metal : copper
Diameter : 16,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,06 g.
Officine: 1re
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire sur un petit flan. Joli portrait. Patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : CONSTAN-TINOPOLIS.
Obverse description : Buste casqué, lauré et cuirassé de Constantinople à gauche, vu de trois quarts en avant, avec le sceptre sur l'épaule gauche (D*2).
Obverse translation : “Constantinopolis”, (De Constantinople).


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE/ -|-// (CROISSANT POINTÉ)P[LG].
Reverse description : Victoria (la Victoire) debout de face, tournée à gauche sur une proue de navire, les ailes déployées, tenant un sceptre transversal de la main droite et appuyée sur un bouclier de la main gauche.


Poids léger. Casque lisse. Cuirasse cloutée et décorée. Épaulières lisses.

Historical background



After the capture of Rome on October 28, 312, Constantine did not stay in the capital. He moved to Arles, which almost became the new capital of the Empire. After 324 and the victory over Licinius, Constantine decided to build a new capital on the borders of Europe and Asia, on the banks of the Bosphorus, resurrecting ancient Byzantium. Rome is already no longer in Rome and Constantinople has not yet been born. Constantin dedicates his new Christian capital in May 330. It will be the new Rome. The old senatorial aristocracy never forgives him. The end of Rome, if not the Roman Empire, has just begun.

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