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Alexander Tetradrachms
Ancient Coin Collecting 101
Ancient Coins & Modern Fakes
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Anonymous Folles
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Armenian Numismatics Page
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A Cabinet of Greek Coins
A Case of Counterfeits
Clashed Dies
Coins of Pontius Pilate
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Countermarked in Late Antiquity
Dictionary of Roman Coins
Doug Smith's Ancient Coins
Edict on Prices
Facing Portrait of Augustus
Fel Temp Reparatio
Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Greek Mythology Link
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Historia Numorum
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Library of Ancient Coinage
Life in Ancient Rome
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Paleo-Hebrew Alphabet
Phoenician Alphabet
Pi-Style Athens Tetradrachms
Pricing and Grading Roman Coins
Roman Coin Attribution 101
Roman Mints
Roman Names
Serdi Celts
Silver Content of Parthian Drachms
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Syracusian Folles
The Evolving Ancient Coin Market
The Sign that Changed the World
The Temple Tax Hoard
Travels of Paul
Tribute Penny
Tribute Penny Debate Continued (2015)
Tribute Penny Debate Revisited (2006)
Tyrian Shekels
What Did The Julio Claudians Really Look Like?
What I Like About Ancient Coins
Widow's Mite


CONSTANTINOPOLIS, formerly Byzantium, the most celebrated city of Thrace, derives its name from Constantine the Great, by whom it was enlarged with new buildings, and rendered almost equal to Old Rome; in order that Constantinople should be the capital of the empire in the east, as Rome was in the west.  It was taken by the Turks in the year 1453, by whom it is now called Stambul, and in whose possesion it still remains a great metropolitan and royal city.  The coins which make mention of it, were struck either by Constantine or by his sons.

CONSTANTINOPOLIS - This legend appears on the obverse of several brass medallions, accompanied by the helmeted bust of the city of Constantinople, personified; the hasta pura on her shoulders: on the reverses are the several legends of FEL TEMP. REPARATIO - RESTITVTOR REIP. - VICTORIA AVGVSTI - VICT. AVGG. &c. all allusive to the reparations, restorations, and military successes, claimed to have been achieved for the empire, by Constantine and the princes of his family. - Engraved in Havercamp, Cabinet de Christine, TAB. xl.

Constantinople, in a later age, was one amongst the number of those cities to which the right of coining money was granted.  Hence on so many coins, we read, at the bottom, CON. CONST. &c.

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