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Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, "performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom." It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337.
, RIC VIII
Antioch 39; LRBC
I 1374; SRCV V
34; Cohen VII
760; Hunter V
p. 283, 4 ff. var. (officina
), EF, attractive desert patina
, light marks, part
of obverse legend
, scattered tiny spots of slightest porosity
, 3rd officina
, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
1.432g, maximum diameter
15.5mm, die axis
, Sep 337 - 347 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS
, veiled bust
Constantine in quadriga
right, veiled, the hand of God reaches down to take him to heaven; star
above, SMANΓ in exergue
Catalog current as of Friday, April 19, 2019.
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