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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Constantius II| > RL89948
Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.
The cross was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because it symbolized a purposely painful and gruesome method of public execution that most early Christians would have personally witnessed. In 315, Constantine abolished crucifixion as punishment in the Roman Empire. The Ichthys, or fish symbol, was used by early Christians. Constantine adopted the Chi-Rho Christ monogram (Christogram) as his banner (labarum). The use of a cross as the most prevalent symbol of Christianity probably gained momentum after Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, traveled to the Holy Land, c. 326 - 328, and recovered the True Cross.
RL89948. Billon light maiorina, Hunter V 88 (also 4th officina), RIC VIII Nicomedia 67, SRCV V 18232, Cohen VII 41, Voetter 34, LRBC II 2290, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, scattered spots of light corrosion, 4th officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, weight 3.982g, maximum diameter 21.0mm, die axis 180o, 348 - 351 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), emperor standing left, labarum (monogram of Christ on a Roman standard) in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield behind, two kneeling bound captives at feet before him, SMN∆ exergue; SOLD











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