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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Constantine the Great| > RL91645
Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
On July 4, 325, in Nicea, a little town near the Bosporus Straits, Constantine the Great entered the hall in his imperial, jewel-encrusted, multicolored brocades, but this time without his usual train of soldiers. In the hall about three hundred Christian bishops and deacons were gathered around the Gospels laying open on a table. Constantine spoke briefly. He told them to come to agreement on the crucial questions dividing them. "Division in the church," he said, "is worse than war." Nicea began a new era for Christianity. Some of these churchmen carried scars of the imperial lash. One pastor from Egypt was missing an eye; another was crippled in both hands as a result of red-hot irons. The persecuted had become the respected advisers of the emperor. The once-despised church was on its way to becoming the state religion.
RL91645. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Arles 286, LRBC I 290, SRCV IV 16244, Cohen VII 454, Hunter V -, Choice EF, well centered and struck, dark patina, light deposits, 1st officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, weight 2.853g, maximum diameter 19.3mm, die axis 180o, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE AVGG (to the foresight of the two emperors), campgate with two turrets, star above, PA crescent RL in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce; $60.00


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