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Roman coins of the Constantinian Era.

People of Rome and Milvian Bridge Commemorative, 330 A.D.

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Constantine is most famous for leading the Empire to Christianity. Before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, he saw the words "In Hoc Signo Victor Eris" (By this sign you shall conquer) on the sun around a Chi Rho ligature. With the symbol of Christ on his army's shields, he was victorious.

This type was part of a special issue struck for the dedication of the new capital at Constantinople.
RL84521. Billon half centenionalis, RIC VIII Constantinople 21, LRBC I 1066, Vagi 3043, F/VF, well centered, dark green patina, encrustations, flan crack, weight 0.934 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 330 A.D.; obverse POP ROMANVS, laureate bust of the Genius of the Roman people left, cornucopia on left shoulder; reverse the Milvian bridge over the Tiber River, CONS over B (2nd officina) above, water flowing below; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; $100.00 (€89.00)


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 330 - 333 A.D.

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On 11 May 330, Constantine I refounded Byzantium, renamed it Constantinopolis after himself, and moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to his new city. Coins were issued with types for Rome and Constantinople to advertise the importance of the new capital.
RL84522. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 12 (also 4th officina), RIC VII Thessalonica 188, LRBC I 839, SRCV IV 16470, Cohen VII 22, F, many cleaning scratches, weight 2.579 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 330 - 333 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLIS, helmeted, laureate and mantled bust left holding scepter across shoulder; reverse Victory standing left, right foot on prow, scepter in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, SMTS∆ in exergue; $22.00 (€19.58)


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 333 - 334 A.D.

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On 11 May 330, Constantine I refounded Byzantium, renamed it Constantinopolis after himself, and moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to his new city. Coins were issued with types for Rome and Constantinople to advertise the importance of the new capital.
RL84852. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Lyons 266 (R3), LRBC I 206, Bastien XIII 254, SRCV IV 16450, Hunter V -, Choice EF, nice style, a little weak at centers, weight 2.375 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 333 - 334 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLIS, laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, scepter over left shoulder; reverse Victory standing left, right foot on prow, scepter in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, *SLG in exergue; ex FORVM (2007); rare; $85.00 (€75.65)


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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VOTIS XXX MVLTIS XXXX abbreviates Votis Tricennalibus Multis Quadragennalibus advertising that Constantius had completed his vows (prayers) to thank God for the 30th anniversary of his rule and made more vows to God that he might help him successfully rule to his 40th anniversary.
RL84413. Silver siliqua, RIC VIII Arles 261/291, RSC V 342-3r, SRCV V 17951, VF, well centered on a tight flan, toned, die wear, small edge cracks, weight 1.706 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, 357 - 3 Nov 361 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOTIS XXX MVLTIS XXXX in wreath, PCON (Constantia) in exergue; $135.00 (€120.15)


Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

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In 331 A.D., Constantine I vigorously promoted Christianity, confiscating the property and valuables of a number of pagan temples throughout the Empire.
RL79178. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 527, LRBC I 56, SRCV V 17313, Cohen VIII 122, Choice EF, excellent centering and strike, nice dark green patina, slight die wear, areas of light porosity, weight 2.245 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 195o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, as caesar, 330 - 331 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, TRS• in exergue; $140.00 (€124.60)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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On 7 March 321, Constantine issued an edict proclaiming Dies Solis Invicti (Sunday) as the day of rest; trade was forbidden but agriculture was allowed.
RL84184. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Lyons 132 (R3), Bastien XIII 101, Cohen VII 6, Hunter V 25 var. (laureate and cuirassed, no drapery), SRCV IV 16734 var. (same), Choice gVF, excellent centering, weight 3.446 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 45o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 321 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse BEATA TRANQVILLITAS (blessed tranquility), altar inscribed VO/TIS / XX in three lines, surmounted by globe, three stars above, C left, R right, PLG crescent in exergue; ϖερψ ραρε τηισ βυστ; $120.00 (€106.80)


Constantius Gallus, Caesar, 28 September351 - Winter 354 A.D.

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On 7 May 351, after Constantius Gallus arrived at Antiocha, a Jewish revolt broke out in Palestine. In 352, Gallus sent his general (magister equitum) Ursicinus to put down the revolt. The rebels destroyed Diopolis and Tiberias. Diocesarea was razed to the ground. Ursicinus gave the order to kill thousands of Jews, even children. After the revolt, a permanent garrison was stationed in Galilee.
BB83763. Billon reduced maiorina, RIC VIII Heraclea 91, LRBC II 1901, SRCV V 19017, Cohen VIII 16, Hunter V -, F, green patina, tight flan, weight 2.310 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 353 - 6 Nov 355; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS NOB C, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), helmeted soldier standing left, shield on left arm, spearing fallen horseman, shield on the ground right, horseman is turned toward the soldier and extends his left arm, SMHE in exergue; $30.00 (€26.70)


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 336 - 337 A.D.

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RL83773. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea 29, LRBC II 942, SRCV V 17521, F, porous, earthen deposits, weight 1.649 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 337 - 340 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLIS, laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, scepter over left shoulder; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking a standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMH∆ in exergue; $29.00 (€25.81)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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This type with a radiate head is unlisted in RIC VII but p. 379, 135, notes that Alföldi recorded the radiate head in RIN 1921, p. 118; citing a specimen in the Trau Collection with a PT mintmark (first officina), and another in the Gerin Collection with a TT mintmark (third officina). The note goes on to say the radiate bust type should be expected since the other rulers have parallel bust types in the issue, one of which is radiate. We know of eight total specimens of this type, but the Trau Collection coin is the only other first officina example known to Forum.
RL84331. Billon centenionalis, Alföldi RIN 1921, p. 118 (citing the Trau collection); RIC VII Ticinum 134 var. (laureate head, radiate head noted on p. 379), Choice EF, excellent bold and well-centered strike, attractive green patina, a few light marks, weight 2.947 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAES, radiate head right; reverse DOMINORVM NOSTRORVM CAESS, VOT * V in two lines, the star in center, all within wreath tied at the bottom, PT in exergue; extremely rare; $600.00 (€534.00)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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In 320, Licinius reneged on the religious freedom promised by the Edict of Milan, and began a new persecution of Christians in the Eastern Roman Empire. He destroyed churches, imprisoned Christians and confiscated their property.
RL84333. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 43 (also 3rd officina), RIC VII Ticinum 156 (S), LRBC I 468, SRCV IV 16784, Cohen VII 65, Choice EF, bold full circles strike, traces of silvering, weight 3.794 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 320 - 321 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse DOMINOR•NOSTROR•CAESS, VOT / X in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and decorated with a jewel at the top, TT in exergue; scarce; $80.00 (€71.20)











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