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Roman coins of the Constantinian Era
Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||centenionalis|
In 327, construction of the Domus Aurea, the cathedral of Antioch, began on an island between two branches of the Orontes River, where the Imperial Palace was located. It was dedicated on 6 January 341, in the presence of Constans, Constantius II and ninety-seven bishops. In the following centuries, it was repeatedly destroyed by earthquakes and fires and rebuilt. It was finally destroyed in 588 after a major earthquake left the dome resting on a pile of rubble. Today the site of the cathedral is uncertain.
RL89942. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch 54 (R3), SRCV IV 17203, Cohen VII 83, LRBC I 1325, Hunter V -, Choice aVF, well centered, weight 2.194 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse CONSTAN/TINVS / CAESAR / SMANTA (in four lines), star above; rare; $90.00 (€82.80)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||follis|
The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity," for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.6th Century Antioch
RL93208. Billon follis, Hunter V 384 (also 2nd Officina), RIC VI Antiochia 15 (R4), SRCV IV 15973, Cohen VII 312, VF, tight flan cutting off parts of legends, marks, porosity, weight 3.553 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 313 - 314 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, Laureate head right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG NN (to Jove the protector of the two Emperors), Jupiter standing left holding Victory on globe in right hand, long scepter in left hand, eagle at feet left with wreath in beak, B right, ANT in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; $60.00 (€55.20)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||follis|
In 317, Licinius recognized Constantine I as senior emperor and executed Valerius Valens.
RL95858. Billon follis, RIC VII Rome 78, SRCV IV 16102, Cohen VII 536, F, nice blue and green deposits, well centered on uneven flan, scratches, weight 2.981 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Rome mint, 317 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SOLI INVICTO COMITI (to the unconquered Sun, minister [of the Emperor]), Sol standing half left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, A left, RT in exergue; $60.00 (€55.20)


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 334 - 335 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |334| |-| |335| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
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. The new capital was Christian, old gods and traditions were either replaced or assimilated into a framework of Christian symbolism. Constantine built the new Church of the Holy Apostles on the site of a temple to Aphrodite. Generations later there was the story that a divine vision led Constantine to this spot. The capital would often be compared to the 'old' Rome as Nova Roma Constantinopolitana, the "New Rome of Constantinople." Special commemorative coins were issued with types for both Rome and Constantinople to advertise the importance of the new capital.
RL93225. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 554, SRCV IV 16446, LRBC I 77, Cohen 22, Hunter V 6, gVF, dark patina, edge cracks, ragged flan, weight 2.021 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 334 - 335 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, wreath left, TRP in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $50.00 (€46.00)


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

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |336| |-| |337| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."
RL95895. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea 29, LRBC I 942, SRCV V 17521, Cohen VII 5, Hunter V -, gF, dark patina, well centered on uneven flan, weight 1.344 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 336 - 337 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLI, 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 one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMHΓ in exergue; $50.00 (€46.00)


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

|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
Sear notes that this type was only issued by the first officina.
RL92853. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Rome 47 (R), LRBC I 608, SRCV V 17453, Cohen VII 233, Hunter V -, F, nice green patina, tight flan, a little rough, weight 1.155 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Rome mint, 9 Sep 337 - May 340; obverse VIC CONSTANTINVS AVG, laurel and rosette diademed and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGVSTI, Emperor standing facing, bare head right, wearing military garb, spear in right hand, left hand resting on grounded shield, R crescent P in exergue; rare; $45.00 (€41.40)


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
VOT XX MVLT XXX abbreviates Votis Vicennalibus Multis Tricennalibus advertising that Constans had completed his vows (prayers) to thank God on the 20th anniversary of his rule, and made more vows to God that he might help him successfully rule to his 30th anniversary.
RL93276. Billon reduced centenionalis, cf. SRCV V 18641 ff., gVF, dark patina, centered on a tight flan, weight 1.910 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 0o, unknown mint, 337 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl diademed head right; reverse VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX in four lines within wreath, mintmark in exergue (mostly off flan); from the Errett Bishop Collection; $45.00 (€41.40)


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D., Lot of 2 Coins

|Constantius| |II|, |Constantius| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |3| |November| |361| |A.D.,| |Lot| |of| |2| |Coins||Lot|
 
RL95861. Bronze Lot, Two coins, 18.5mm - 20.2mm, no additional identification, no tags, the actual coins in the photograph; $40.00 (€36.80)


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

|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
Constantine reorganized the Roman army to consist of mobile field units and garrison soldiers capable of countering internal threats and barbarian invasions. Constantine pursued successful campaigns against the tribes on the Roman frontiers - the Franks, the Alamanni, the Goths, and the Sarmatians - even resettling territories abandoned by his predecessors during the turmoil of the previous century.
RL95850. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 98 (also 6th officina), RIC VII Antioch 87, LRBC I 1357, Cohen VII 122, SRCV V 17343, F, centered, dark brown tone, earthen deposits, porosity, scratches, weight 1.793 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 330 - 333 and 335 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on shield, SMANS in exergue; $34.00 (€31.28)


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

|Constantius| |II|, |Constantius| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |3| |November| |361| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
In 348, the Goth bishop Wulfila escaped religious persecution by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric and obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia and settle near Nicopolis ad Istrum (Bulgaria).
RL93373. Bronze reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Nicomedia 55, LRBC I 1153, SRCV V 18073, Cohen VII 335, Hunter V -, gVF, dark brown patina, highlighting earthen deposits, ragged edge, weight 1.642 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 45o, 6th officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed head right; reverse VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX in four lines within wreath, •SMNS• in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $30.00 (€27.60)




  







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