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VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP

The reverse legend on this type abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows of the Roman people." It is on this type, issued by Constantine the Great and Licinius I, that the symbols of Christianity, the Christogram and crucifix, were first used on Roman coins.


Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.

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In 320 A.D., 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.
RL89635. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Lyons 70a (R1), Hunter V 17, SRCV IV 15360, Cohen 174, VF, well centered, some silvering, porosity on obverse, weight 2.613 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 319 - 320 A.D.; obverse IMP LICI-NVS AVG, Laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE LAET PRINC PERP (Joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two victories standing confronted, holding shield inscribed VOT / P R over tall altar (type a) with a garland, two captives seated back to back in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection, ex Keith Metzer Collection; scarce; $95.00 (83.60)


Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.

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The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people." For this issue, the altar is always marked I for the first (A) and second (B) officinae, and S for the third (Γ), fourth (∆) and fifth (E) officinae.
RL89672. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 96 (R4), SRCV IV 15357, Cohen VII 170, Hunter V -, Choice VF, well centered, much silvering, scattered porosity, weight 2.410 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 319 - 320 A.D.; obverse IMP LICI-NIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP (joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories holding shield inscribed VOT P R, set on altar inscribed with an S, ΓSIS* in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; rare; $95.00 (83.60)


Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.

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In 319, Constantine prohibited the separation of the families of slaves during a change in ownership. In 320 A.D., 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.
RL89667. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 86 (R5), SRCV IV 15357, Cohen VII 170, Hunter V -, Choice VF, dark green patina, traces of silvering, small earthen deposits, weight 2.982 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 319 A.D.; obverse IMP LICI-NIVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories holding shield inscribed VOT P R set on altar inscribed with a serifed I, BSIS in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; rare; $85.00 (74.80)







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