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View Categories Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > Constantinian Era > Commemoratives > LT85418Lot 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.; obverseCONSTANTINOPOLIS, laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, scepter over left shoulder; reverseVictory standing left, right foot on prow, scepter in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, mintmark in exergue; one with soldiers with standardreverse, unattributed mint or issue, no flips or tags, the actual coins in the photographs, as-is, no returns; $200.00
Schaaff, Ulrich. MŁnzen der rŲmischen Kaiserzeit mit Schiffsdarstellungen im RŲmisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum. (Munich, 2003).
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