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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Commemoratives| > RL91854
City of Rome Commemorative, 332 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.
RL91854. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Lyons 257 (R2), LRBC I 200, SRCV IV 16491, Cohen VII 17, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, dark patina, edge splits, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, weight 1.945g, maximum diameter 18.0mm, die axis 0o, 332 A.D.; obverse VRBS ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma left wearing imperial mantle; reverse she-wolf standing left, head turned back right, suckling the infant twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above, pellet within crescent preceding PLG (G appears as C) in exergue; rare; SOLD











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