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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







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