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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Constantine the Great| > RL88633
Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. According to tradition, it was founded by Pelasgians from Thessaly and later received many colonies from Miletus. Like the other Greek cities in Asia, it fell under the rule of the Persia Empire until Alexander the Great captured it in 334 B.C. In 74 B.C. the city, allied with Rome, withstood a siege by 300,000 men led by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, Cyzicus was made the capital of Mysia, and afterward of Hellespontus. Dates of operation: The Cyzicus mint was opened by Gallienus (253 - 268 A.D.) and continued to strike coins well into the Byzantine era. Mintmarks: K, KVZ, SMK.
RL88633. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 24 (S), LRBC I 1158, Cohen VII 454, SRCV IV 16261, Hunter V 361 - 362 var. (officina), VF, well centered, dark green patina, earthen deposits, spots of corrosion, 3rd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, weight 2.949g, maximum diameter 18.5mm, die axis 180o, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE AVGG (to the foresight of the two emperors), campgate with two turrets, star above, SMKΓ in exergue; $24.00


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