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Constantinopolis on Ancient Coins
Leo I, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.

|Leo| |I|, |Leo| |I,| |7| |February| |457| |-| |18| |January| |474| |A.D.||solidus|
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, 330 - 331 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |330| |-| |331| |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.
RL82770. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 3 (also 2nd officina), RIC VII Trier 543, LRBC I 66, SRCV IV 16445, Cohen VII 21, EF, sharp detail, slightly off center on a tight flan, clashed reverse die, weight 2.398 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 330 - 331 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, TRS in exergue; SOLD


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 333 - 335 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Constantinople| |Commemorative,| |333| |-| |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.
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







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