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City of Constantinople Commemorative, 330 - 331 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.
, Hunter V
3 (also 2nd officina
), RIC VII
Trier 543, LRBC
I 66, SRCV IV
16445, Cohen VII
21, EF, sharp detail
, slightly off center on a tight flan
, clashed reverse
die, 2nd officina
(Trier, Germany) mint, weight
2.398g, maximum diameter
16.4mm, die axis
, 330 - 331 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLIS
, laureate and helmeted bust
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
, TRēS in exergue
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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