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Lot of 3 Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D.
The reverselegend translates, "The rest and retirement of the best and most meritorious [emperors]," referring to the dead and deified emperors Claudius IIGothicus, Maximian and Constantius I. Constantine struck commemoratives with this reverse for each of those emperors, with whom he had familial connections. LT87786. Billon Lot, Lot of 3 commemorative half-folles, issued by Constantine the Great, c. 317 - 318 A.D., 16.1 - 17.2 mm, VF, well centered, nice coins, no flips or tags, the lot is the actual coins in the photograph; $270.00 (€229.50)
Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, "performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom." It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337. RL87872. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V p. 284, 12 (also 1st officina); RIC VIIIAlexandria p. 541, 32; LRBC I 1473; SRCV V 17473; Cohen VII 716, EF, excellent centering, brown tone with some silvering, flow lines, reverse center a little weak, tiny edge cracks, weight 1.706 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Alexandria mint, posthumous, late 347 - 348 A.D.; obverseDV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, veiled bust right; reverse VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory), Constantine standing slightly right, head right, veiled and togate, raising right hand, SMALA in exergue; ex Beast Coins, ex Malter Galleries; $140.00 (€119.00)
Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius
Faustina I was the wife of Antoninus Pius. Little is known of her, except that she was regarded as vain and frivolous, though this may have just been malicious gossip. Antoninus Pius loved her greatly, and upon her death in 141 A.D., she was deified and a temple was built in her honor.SH65151. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC III AP1118, BMCRE IV AP1514, Hunter II 119, Cohen II 88, SRCV II 4614, Nice VF, green patina, small patina edge chip on rev, weight 27.399 g, maximum diameter 32.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverseDIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and banded, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil at top; reverseAVGVSTA, Ceres standing facing, veiled head left, torch raised in right hand, stalks of grain downward in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $110.00 (€93.50)
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Commemorative Struck by Tiberius
OctavianAugustus, the first and possibly greatest Roman emperor, founded the empire after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He reformed the coinage and military, and embarked on a huge building program across the empire. He died at 77 years, having ruled 27 B.C. to 14 A.D. RB87848. Copper as, RIC ITiberius 82, BMCRE ITiberius 155, Hunter I 14, Cohen I 247, SRCV I 1790, F, well centered on a compact flan, rough areas, weight 8.647 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, struck under Tiberius, 34 - 37 A.D.; obverseDIVVSAVGVSTVSPATER, radiatehead left; reverseeagle standing facing on globe, head right, wings spread, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $60.00 (€51.00) ON RESERVE
Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Posthumous Restoration Issue Struck by Trajan Decius
Restoration issue struck under emperor Trajan Decius. RS87833. Billonantoninianus, RIC Trajan Decius 80 (R); RSC IIVespasian p. 50, 652; Hunter III p. 255, 7 - 8; SRCV III 9461, F, well centered, porous, encrustations, weight 3.466 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, struck under Trajan Decius, 250 - 251 A.D.; obverseDIVO VESPASIANO, radiatehead right; reverseCONSECRATIO, flaming nearly square altar, on three steps, four panels on front; rare; $50.00 (€42.50)