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QVOD INSTINCTV DIVINITATIS MENTIS MAGNITVDINE CVM EXERCITV SVO TAM DE TVRANNO QVAM DE OMNI EIVS FACTIONE VNO TEMP IVSTIS REMP VLTVS EST ARMIS ARC TRIVMPHIS INSIGNEM DICAVIT S P Q R


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QVOD. INSTINCTV. DIVINITATIS. MENTIS MAGNITVDINE CVM. EXERCITV. SVO. TAM. DE TVRANNO. QVAM DE OMNI. EIVS FACTIONE. VNO. TEMP. IVSTIS. REMP. VLTVS. EST. ARMIS. ARC. TRIVMPHIS INSIGNEM. DICAVIT. S.P.Q.R. -Within a laurel crown.  On a brass medallion of Constantine, having his head, on the obverse within the signs of the zodiac. -See Mus Pembrok. iii. tab. 89, fig. 2.

Banduri places the above in the class of Contorniate medals (see the word). - "But whatever it should be called (says Eckhel), it does not appear to me to be of antique workmanship. Be it however what it may, this inscription is altogether the same as that which is read at the present day on the arch of Constantine at Rome (near the Flavian amphiteatre), erected in honour of his victory over Maxentius, which freed the state from the reign of terror that had been established by that tyrant.  The words instinctu Divinitalis, according to the opinion of many of our later writers, are to be referred to the Divine or Holy Cross, which is said to have appeared in the heavens to the above-named Emperor. -(vol. viii. p. 87.) -Eckhel condemned this remarkable Contorniate medal without having seen it.  In Messrs. Sotheby and Co.'s Catalogue" for the sale of the Pembroke Collection, p 297, are some very sensible remarks on this singular piece, from which it may be concluded that this Contorniate is genuine; but that the use of a graving tool to remove oxidation has been the chief cause of exciting suspicions of its antiquity.


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