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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Commemoratives| > RL56411
City of Constantinople Commemorative, 334 - 335 A.D.
|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |334| |-| |335| |A.D.|, 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.
RL56411. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 241, LRBC I 751, SRCV IV 16469, Cohen VII 22, gVF, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, weight 2.292g, maximum diameter 18.3mm, die axis 0o, 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, ASIS in exergue; rare (RIC R5); SOLD










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CONSTANTINOPOLI
CONSTANTINOPOLIS
POPROMANVS
ROMA
VRBSROMA
VRBSROMABEATA


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