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VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP

The reverse legend on this type abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows of the Roman people." It is on this type, issued by Constantine the Great and Licinius I, that the symbols of Christianity, the Christogram and crucifix, were first used on Roman coins.

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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||argenteus|
RIC describes this coin as an AE Folles (or AE3), however, this series coincides with other series from other mints, where Constantine introduced a billon argenteus denomination. Both the AE3 module and AR argenteus will be listed under the same RIC number, even though this issue begins this reverse type and was actually minted in 310 - 313 and should have appeared in RIC VI with the other billon argentei issues of Licinius I and Maximinus II.

This example appears to have a higher silver content and is not grainy like many examples of this type.
RS53613. Billon argenteus, RIC VI -, RIC VII Trier 208a (R3), Cohen VII 643 (3 Fr.), gF, weight 3.469 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 310 - 313 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust left, spear in right over shoulder, mappa in left; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP (Joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding between them a shield inscribed VOT P R in two lines, PTR in exergue; very rare; SOLD


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||centenionalis|
The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
SH32336. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 56 (R4), EF, weight 2.466 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 318 - 319 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust right, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm with horseman right riding down enemy; reverse VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP (joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding in both hands between them a shield inscribed VOT / P R, altar below shield, BSIS in exergue; very rare; SOLD


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||centenionalis|
The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
RL72849. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Ticinum 87 (R4), SRCV IV 16300 var. (bust), FDC, weight 3.668 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 318 - 319 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laureate, helmeted and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP (Joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R (vows of the Roman people) over altar, garland over star on altar, S T in exergue; rare; SOLD


Constantine the Great, 319-320 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |319-320| |A.D.||centenionalis|
The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
RL86822. Billon centenionalis, unpublished; RIC VII does not list any Constantine I issues for the short LAET reverse legend, Choice F, well centered, attractive desert patina, weight 2.601 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, 319 - 320 A.D.; obverse CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VICTORIAE LAET PRINC PERP (Joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing facing each other, together holding shield with inscribed VOT / P R in two lines, shield resting on altar (ornamented with rhombus pellet in center?), PARL in exergue; from the Beast Coins VLPP Collection, ex Keith Metzer Collection (2006), the only specimen known to Forum; extremely rare; SOLD


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||centenionalis|
The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people." For this issue, the altar is always marked I for the first (A) and second (B) officinae, and S for the third (G), fourth (?) and fifth (E) officinae. The meaning of the letters on the altar is unknown.
RL89679. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 84 (R4), SRCV IV 16288, Cohen VII 570, Hunter V 251 var. (1st officina, I on altar), gVF, full legends, light deposits, weight 3.482 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 319 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIN-VS AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, crested helmet ornamented with stars, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield on left arm; reverse VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP (joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R (vows of the Roman people) over altar inscribed with S, ΓSIS in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection, ex Nemesis Coins (July 2004); rare; SOLD







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