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Roman Commemoratives, 307 - 361 A.D.

Constantine the Great and his sons issued small bronze coins commemorating the old capital, Rome, and the new capital, Constantinople, to symbolize the equality of the two cities and the new importance of Constantinople to the empire. On this page we also list consecration commemoratives issued by Constantine and his sons.

City of Constantinople Commemorative, 336 - 337 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |336| |-| |337| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."
RL95895. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea 29, LRBC I 942, SRCV V 17521, Cohen VII 5, Hunter V -, gF, dark patina, well centered on uneven flan, weight 1.344 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 336 - 337 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLI, laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, scepter over left shoulder; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMHΓ in exergue; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00
 


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 330 - 333 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |330| |-| |333| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
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.
RL95845. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 12 (also 4th officina), RIC VII Thessalonica 188, LRBC I 839, SRCV IV 16470, Cohen VII 22, F, near centered, light earthen deposits, scratches, weight 2.184 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 330 - 333 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLIS, helmeted, laureate and mantled bust left holding scepter across shoulder; reverse Victory standing left, right foot on prow, scepter in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, SMTS∆ in exergue; $28.00 SALE |PRICE| $25.00
 


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 334 - 335 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |334| |-| |335| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
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.
RL93221. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 11 (also 2nd officina), RIC VII Siscia 241, LRBC I 751, SRCV IV 16469, Cohen VII 22, VF, well centered, dark patina, small green encrustations, areas of corrosion, weight 2.116 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 334 - 335 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, •BSIS• in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00
 


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 334 - 335 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |334| |-| |335| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
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.
RL93225. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 554, SRCV IV 16446, LRBC I 77, Cohen 22, Hunter V 6, gVF, dark patina, edge cracks, ragged flan, weight 2.021 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 334 - 335 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, wreath left, TRP in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00
 


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, "performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom." It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337.
RL92696. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Antioch 112, SRCV V 17471, LRBC I 1397, Cohen VII 716, Hunter V -, gF, dark patina, red earthen deposits, edge crack, weight 1.865 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, posthumous, late 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS P T AVGG (Divus Constantinus Pater Trium Augusti = Divine Constantine, father of the three emperors), veiled bust right; reverse VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory), Constantine standing slightly right, togate, veiled head right, SMAN[..] in exergue; $19.00 SALE |PRICE| $17.10
 


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
VN - MR in the reverse field abbreviates venerabilis memoria, revered memory.
RL92697. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Antioch 112, SRCV V 17471, LRBC I 1397, Cohen VII 716, Hunter V -, VF, dark patina, earthen deposits, scratches, tight flan, small edge cracks, weight 1.528 g, maximum diameter 13.4 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, posthumous, late 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS P T AVGG (Divus Constantinus Pater Trium Augusti = Divine Constantine, father of the three emperors), veiled bust right; reverse VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory), Constantine standing slightly right, togate, veiled head right, SMANE in exergue; $19.00 SALE |PRICE| $17.10
 


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, "performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom." It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337.
RL92700. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V p. 284, 13 (also 3rd officina); RIC VIII Alexandria p. 541, 32; LRBC I 1473; SRCV V 17473; Cohen VII 716, aVF, dark patina, earthen deposits, tiny edge splits, weight 1.506 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Alexandria mint, posthumous, late 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS P T AVGG (Divus Constantinus Pater Trium Augusti = Divine Constantine, father of the three emperors), veiled bust right; reverse VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory), Constantine standing slightly right, togate, veiled head right, SMALΓ in exergue; $24.00 SALE |PRICE| $21.60
 










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

CONSTANTINOPOLI
CONSTANTINOPOLIS
POPROMANVS
ROMA
VRBSROMA
VRBSROMABEATA


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