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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Commemoratives| > RL92165
City of Constantinople Commemorative, 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.
RL92165. Bronze reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 563, SRCV IV 16446, LRBC I 86, Cohen VII 21, Hunter V -, EF, well centered on a tight ragged flan, some die wear, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, weight 2.821g, maximum diameter 17.5mm, die axis 180o, 333 - 334 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLIS, 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, palm branch left, TRS in exergue; ex Ancient Imports (Marc Breitsprecher); $50.00











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