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Lot of 20 Roman Empire City of Constantinople Commemoratives Bronzes 330 - 346 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.
LT85418. Bronze reduced centenionalis
, SRCV IV
16444 ff. (various mints), all VF, nice coins, 330 - 346 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
; one with soldiers with standard reverse
, unattributed mint or issue, no flips or tags, the actual coins in the photographs, as-is
, no returns
Catalog current as of Thursday, April 25, 2019.
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