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City of Constantinople Commemorative, 336 - 337 A.D.
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; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $50.00 (€41.00)
Leo I, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.
RIC X divides this type into two phases. The earlier phase (457 - 468) is distinguished by an angular form of the letter G and the spear usually pointing between the second P and E of PERPET. The later phase (468 - 473) the G's are rounded and the spear sometimes points between the E and T.SH89537. Gold solidus, DOCLR 529, Tolstoi 13, Ratto 250, RIC X 605 (S), Depeyrot 93/1, SRCV V 21404, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, light marks, weight 4.462 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, late phase, 468 - 473 A.D.; obverse D N LEO PERPET AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG I (victory of the three emperors, 10th officina), Victory half left supporting long jeweled cross, star right, CONOB in exergue; from the Robert Watcher Collection; SOLD
City of Constantinople Commemorative, 333 - 335 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.RL93222. Bronze reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 20 (also 1st officina), RIC VII Alexandria 64 (R1), SRCV IV 16481, LRBC I 1432, Cohen VII 22, gVF, well centered, dark patina, a few green encrustations, area of light corrosion on reverse, weight 2.600 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Alexandria mint, 333 - 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, SMALA in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; SOLD