Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > Constantinian Era > Constantine the Great > RL87872
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.
, Hunter V
p. 284, 12 (also 1st officina
); RIC VIII Alexandria
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, 1st officina
1.706g, maximum diameter
16.9mm, die axis
, late 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS
, veiled bust
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
Catalog current as of Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Page created in 0.424 seconds.