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Constantinopolis (Istanbul, Turkey)

Little needs to be said about Constantine the Great's New Rome, built on top of the old Greek city Byzantion. Coinage started in 326 and continued until the fall of the Roman Empire in 1453. Mintmarks: C, CON, CONS.


Zeno, 18 January - 17 November 474 and August 476 - 11 April 491 A.D.

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Zeno, an Isaurian chieftain, married Emperor Leo I's daughter, Ariadne. Their son, Leo II, succeeded Leo I as emperor and shortly after declared his father Augustus. Unpopular, Zeno spent his 17-year reign fighting not only barbarians but also against many rebellions. He died after an epileptic fit.
SH89781. Gold solidus, DOCLR 643 (also 10th officina), Tolstoi 24, Ratto 284, RIC X 910, Depeyrot 108/1, SRCV V 21514, Choice VF, well centered and struck, some die wear, scratch/graffito on obverse, weight 4.449 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 2nd reign, Aug 476 - 11 Apr 491, 5th issue; obverse D N ZENO PERP AVG, helmeted bust facing, pearl diademed with trefoil ornament on crested helmet, cuirassed, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with horseman riding down and spearing enemy; reverse VICTORI-A AVGGG I, Victory standing left, long jeweled cross in right, star right, CONOB in exergue; $950.00 SALE PRICE $855.00


Marcian, 24 August 450 - 31 January 457 A.D.

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Marcian indirectly saved Rome from Attila the Hun. In 452, Attila captured and ransacked Aquileia, Milan, and other cities in Northern Italy. It seemed Attila would soon attack Rome itself, whose walls were weaker than some cities Attila had already captured. Meanwhile, however, Marcian's Eastern Roman forces had taken the offensive across the Danube, attacking the breadbasket of the Hunnic Empire. The loss of food supply from Attila's own land, and a famine and plague in Italy, depleted Attila's forces, allowing the Western Roman Empire to bribe him into returning to his homeland. Back home, Attila threatened to invade the Eastern Empire and enslave the entirety of it. Marcian and Aspar ignored his threats. The Eastern Empire had already paid Attila about six tons of gold, yet he still threatened them. They reasoned that gold would be better spent building up armies. Attila's attack never came, as he died unexpectedly in 453, either from hemorrhaging or alcoholic suffocation, after celebrating a marriage to one of his many wives. Attila's tribal confederation empire fell apart within a year after his death. Marcian settled numerous tribes, formerly under Attila, within Eastern Roman lands as foederati (subject tribes which gave military service in exchange for various benefits). Map 450 A.D.

SH91162. Gold solidus, DOCLR 481 (also 7th officina), Ratto 217, RIC X Marcian 510, Hahn MIB 5, SRCV V 21379, Choice EF, well centered and struck with attractive dies, light marks, weight 4.445 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, 7th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 450 A.D.; obverse D N MARCIA-NVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, diadem with jewel and trefoil ornament, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG Z (Z reversed, victory of the three emperors, 7th officina), Victory standing left holding a long jeweled cross, star in right field, CONOB in exergue; ex Neptune Numismatics; scarce; $850.00 SALE PRICE $765.00 ON RESERVE


Hannibalianus, Rex Regum, 337 A.D.

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Hannibalianus, the nephew of Constantine I, was named rex regum et Ponticarum gentium (King of the Pontic Land and Peoples) in early 337. He was to take the place the pro-Roman King Tigranes of Armenia, who had recently been ousted by the Persian King Shapur II. Constantine, however, died on 22 May, before retaking Armenia. Later in 337, Hannibalianus, Dalmatius and many other male relatives, were murdered at the behest of one or all of Constantineís sons (though they denied it). Hannibalianus was the Roman king who never actually ruled any territory.
SH91316. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 147 (R2), LRBC I 1034, SRCV IV 16905, Cohen VII 2, gVF, well centered, dark patina with highlighting buff earthen fill, light scratches, weight 1.515 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 336 - 337 A.D; obverse FL HANNIBALLIANO REGI, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SE-CVRITAS PVBLICA (security of the public), Euphrates reclining right leaning on scepter, urn at his side, reed behind, CONSS in exergue; rare; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00 ON RESERVE


Anastasius I, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.

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BZ87655. Bronze nummus, DOC I 15, Wroth BMC 59, Morrisson BnF 1/Cp/AE/01, Hahn MIB 40, SBCV 13, LRBC II 2288, Sommer 1.9, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, VF, undersize flan typical of the type, porosity, weight 0.689 g, maximum diameter 9.0 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 491 - 498 A.D.; obverse diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse monogram of Anastasius ; $190.00 SALE PRICE $171.00


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.

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In 395, Alaric the Visigoth, renounced Roman fealty and was declared king. The Visigoths, ending a 16-year period of peace with the Romans, devastated Thrace and Macedonia, imposed a tribute on Athens, and then turned their sights on the West. At the same time, the Huns invaded Armenia, Cappadocia and Syria.
RL88578. Bronze centenionalis, RIC X Arcadius 61, LRBC II 2206, SRCV V 21028, DOCLR 755 (no officina indicated), Cohen VIII 56, F, dark brown fields with toned bronze high points, well centered obverse, mintmark half off flan, small pit on reverse, small edge cracks, weight 3.881 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 395 - 402 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCITI (courage of the army), Emperor on left standing facing, head right, spear vertical in his right hand, left hand resting on grounded shield, Victory beside him on right, standing left and crowning him with wreath, palm frond in her left hand, CONSE in exergue; $19.00 (Ä16.15) ON RESERVE


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

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In 331 A.D., Constantine I vigorously promoted Christianity, confiscating the property and valuables of a number of pagan temples throughout the Empire.
RL88757. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 139 (R3), SRCV V 17321, LRBC I 353, Cohen VII 127, VF, green patina, light earthen deposits, spots of corrosion, weight 1.798 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 330 - 331 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, star above center, CONSΓ in exergue; $19.00 SALE PRICE $17.10


Arcadius, 19 January 383 - 1 May 408 A.D.

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In 400, the Great Palace in Constantinople was burned to the ground in riots. In the chaos, the Gothic leader Gainas attempted to evacuate his soldiers out of the city but 7,000 armed Goths were trapped and killed by order of Arcadius. After the massacre, Gainas escaped across the Hellespont, but his rag-tag ad hoc fleet was destroyed by Fravitta, a Gothic chieftain in imperial service. In winter, Gainas led his remaining Goths back to their homeland across the Danube where they were attacked and killed by the Huns. Uldin, the Hun chieftain, sent Gainas' head to Arcadius as a gift.
RL88746. Bronze centenionalis, RIC X Arcadius 60, LRBC II 2205, SRCV 20829, F, dark patina, earthen deposits, weight 2.799 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 395 - 401 A.D.; obverse D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCITI (courage of the army), emperor standing facing, head right, spear vertical in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, crowned by Victory standing left behind, CONSA or (CONS∆) in exergue; $15.00 (Ä12.75) ON RESERVE


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

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In 332, Constantine I and his son Constantine II, age 16, defeated the Goths in Moesia. The Goths agreed to become Roman allies and to protect the Danube frontier. Only two years later, in 334, the Goths on the Danube frontier prevented an invasion by the Vandals.
RL88597. Billon reduced centenionalis, cf. RIC VII Constantinople 81, LRBC I 1018, F, dark tone, light deposits, edge split, weight 2.387 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 333 - 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 turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, [...]CONS[...](?) in exergue; $16.00 SALE PRICE $14.40


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 330 - 333 A.D.

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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.
RL88709. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 63, SRCV IV 16473, LRBC I 1009, Cohen VII 22, Hunter V -, F, dark patina, tight flan, porous, encrustations, weight 2.335 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, 7th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 330 - 333 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, CONSZ in exergue; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60


Constantius Gallus, Caesar, 28 September 351 - Winter 354 A.D.

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On 7 May 351, after Constantius Gallus arrived at Antiocha, a Jewish revolt broke out in Palestine. In 352, Gallus sent his general (magister equitum) Ursicinus to put down the revolt. The rebels destroyed Diopolis and Tiberias. Diocesarea was razed to the ground. Ursicinus gave the order to kill thousands of Jews, even children. After the revolt, a permanent garrison was stationed in Galilee.
RL88718. Bronze reduced maiorina, RIC VIII Constantinople 122, LRBC II 2044, Voetter 5, SRCV V 19018, Cohen VIII 12, F, well centered, uneven strike with parts of legends weak, scratches and marks, porous, weight 2.413 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, 11th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 353 - winter 354 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier advancing left, spearing fallen bare-headed horseman who extends arm toward soldier, shield on ground at feet, ē left center, CONSIA in exergue; scarce; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60




  



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