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E-auction 275-196423 - CONSTANTINOPOLIS Centenionalis ouNummus

CONSTANTINOPOLIS Centenionalis ouNummus AU
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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 42 €
Maximum bid : 50 €
End of the sale : 23 July 2018 14:25:30
bidders : 8 bidders
Type : Centenionalis ouNummus
Date: 335-337
Mint name / Town : Trèves
Metal : copper
Diameter : 16,5 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 1,62 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré. Très joli droit. Revers de style fin bien venu à la frappe. Très belle patine verte
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Obverse legend : CONSTAN-TINOPOLIS.
Obverse description : Buste lauré, casqué et cuirassé à gauche vu de trois quarts en avant, le sceptre sur l'épaule.


Reverse legend : (PALME|-// TRP.
Reverse description : Constantinople debout à gauche sur une proue de navire, casquée, les ailes déployées, tenant de la main droite un sceptre long et s'appuyant de la gauche sur son bouclier.


Ce type 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, after the capture of Rome on October 28 312, 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 border of Europe and Asia, on the banks of the Bosphorus, resurrecting ancient Byzantium. Rome was no longer in Rome and Constantinople was not yet born. Constantin dedicate its new Christian capital in May 330. It will be the new Rome. The old senatorial aristocracy never forgave him. The end of Rome if the Roman Empire had begun.

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