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City of Constantinople Commemorative, 331 and 333 - 334 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.
RL88794. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 92 (R4), LRBC I 1220, SRCV IV 16476, Cohen VII 22, Hunter V 17 var. (2nd officina), F, mottled green and red patina, light earthen encrustation, spots of corrosion, 5th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, weight 1.907g, maximum diameter 17.7mm, die axis 180o
, 331 and 333 - 334 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLI, laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis 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, wreath left, SMKE in exergue; $14.00
Catalog current as of Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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