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bby_513616 - CONSTANTINOPOLIS Demi-silique

195.00 €(Approx. 218.40$ | 167.70£)
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Type : Demi-silique
Date: c. 530-580
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 1,08 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait avec usure sur le casque. Joli revers. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection André Ronde et de MONNAIES 53, n° 602


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste casqué drapé et cuirassé de Constantinople à droite vu de trois quarts en avant (C).


Reverse legend : K.
Reverse description : Lettre dans un grènetis.
Reverse translation : “Konstantinopolis” (Constantinople).


Poids lourd. Rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées. Ptéryges fines sous le paludamentum. Fibule d’attache ronde sur le paludamentum. Cet exemplaire est publié récemment dans le BSFN. 6, juin 2011, p. 177-178, fig. 1.

Historical background


(Fourth - sixth century)

Constantine, after the capture of Rome on 28 October 312, did not remain in the Urbs. 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. The new capital, first of the Eastern Empire after the death of Theodosius I in 395 becomes the quintessential Christian capital after two doses of Rome in 410 and 455 and especially after the deposition of the last Roman emperor of West, Romulus Augustus in 476. Constantinople from that date until 1204, when it was taken by the Crusaders during the Fourth Crusade was the capital of the Western world, rivaled Baghdad or Cordoba. The capture of Constantinople 29 May 1453 puts a definitive end to the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantine.

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