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Constantinopolis on Ancient Coins

Theodosius I, 19 January 379 - 17 January 395 A.D.

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On 24 November 380, Theodosius I made his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople.
SH37592. Gold solidus, RIC IX Constantinopolis 70(b)1, Depeyrot 48/4, SRCV V 20398, Cohen VIII 10, choice VF, weight 4.348 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 387 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AVGGG A (harmony among our three emperors, 1st officina), Constantinopolis seated facing on throne, her helmeted head right, right leg bare, right foot on prow, long grounded scepter in right hand, shield inscribed VOT V MVLT X in left hand supported on the left arm of the throne, each arm of the throne ornamented with a lion head, CONOB in exergue; ex Baldwin's (London); rare; SOLD


Valentinian III, 23 October 425 - 16 March 455 A.D.

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SH37575. Gold solidus, RIC X Theodosius II 260, Choice aEF, weight 4.375 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 430 - 440 A.D.; obverse D N VALENTIN-IANVS P F AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear over shoulder, shield in left decorated with horseman trampling fallen foe; reverse VOT XXX MVLT XXXX B, Constantinopolis enthroned left, wearing helmet, globus cruciger in right hand, scepter in left hand, shield resting at side of throne, star right; rare (RIC R2); SOLD


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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In 354, Constantius II recalled his legate (and cousin) Constantius Gallus to Constantinople after receiving unfavorable reports about him. Caesar of the East, Gallus had successfully suppressed revolts in Palestine and central Anatolia. Constantius stripped him of his rank and later had him executed in Pola (in modern Croatia).
SH70831. Gold solidus, Depeyrot 6/3, RIC VIII Antioch 81 var. (unlisted officina), VF, digs and scratches on obverse, weight 4.225 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, 10th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, late 347 - 355 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS PERP AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA REI-PVBLICAE, Roma on left, enthroned facing, holding spear; Constantinopolis on right, enthroned half-left, right foot on prow, scepter in left; both hold shield inscribed VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX in four lines; SMANI in ex; ex CNG auction 306, lot 431; ex Kelly J. Krizan M.D. Collection; rare; SOLD


Theodosius II, 10 January 402 - 28 July 450 A.D.

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RIC X 301 has five points, as does this specimen, however, the point after XVII is missing and an extra point appears after the final P. The only other attested example in RIC X with a misplaced point is in the footnotes on p.262 for an example of RIC X 295 with C.OS
SH53624. Gold solidus, RIC X Theodosius II 301 var, gVF, weight 4.476 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 441 - 450 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, helmeted bust facing, pearl diademed, cuirassed, spear in right over shoulder, shield decorated with a horseman riding down an enemy on his left arm; reverse IMP•XXXXII•COS XVII P•P••, Constantinopolis enthroned left, holding cross on globe and scepter, foot on a prow, left elbow resting on shield at her side, star left, COMOB in exergue; rare; SOLD


Theodosius II, 10 January 402 - 28 July 450 A.D.

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The solidus weighed 1/72 of the Roman pound. "OB" was both an abbreviation for the word obryzum, which means refined or pure gold, and is the Greek numeral 72. Thus the exergue of this coin may be read "1/72 pound pure gold." -- "Byzantine Coinage" by Philip Grierson
SH62359. Gold solidus, RIC X Theodosius II 257, aEF, graffiti on obverse, weight 4.469 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 430 - 440 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, helmeted bust facing, pearl diademed, cuirassed, spear in right over shoulder, shield decorated with a horseman riding down enemy on his left arm; reverse VOT XXX MVLT XXXX Γ, Constantinopolis enthroned left, globus cruciger in right hand, scepter in left hand, foot on a prow, left elbow resting on shield, star right, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


Jovian, 27 June 363 - 17 February 364 A.D.

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After evacuating Persia, upon arriving at Antioch, Jovian revoked the edicts of Julian against Christians. The Labarum of Constantine the Great again became the standard of the army. He issued an edict of toleration, to the effect that, while the exercise of magical rites would be punished, his subjects should enjoy full liberty of conscience. However, soon after he ordered burning down the Library of Antioch and on 11 September issued an edict that punishing those who worshiped ancestral gods with the death penalty. He extended the same punishment on 23 December to participation in any pagan ceremony (even private ones). In Syriac literature Jovian became the hero of a Christian romance. From Jovian's reign until the 15th century Christianity remained the dominant religion of both the Western and Eastern Roman Empires, until the Fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.
SH08999. Gold solidus, RIC VIII Antioch 223, near VF/F, holed & plugged, edge filing, weight 4.13 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 135o, 5th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 27 Jun 363 - 16 Feb 364 A.D.; obverse D N IOVIANVS PEP AVG, pearl diademed draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE (security of the Republic), Roma holding spear, and Constantinopolis holding scepter and foot on prow, enthroned facing, holding shield inscribed VOT V MVLT X, ANTE in exergue; Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear; rare; SOLD


Theodosius II, 10 January 402 - 28 July 450 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

David Sear identifies the mint as "comitatensian (court) mint at Constantinople or in Asia Minor."
SH65217. Gold solidus, RIC X Theodosius II 292 and pl. 12; MIRB 33ba; DOCLR 414 - 425; Tolstoi 23 -24; Ratto 153 - 155, aEF, well centered, weight 4.454 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 441 - 443 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, helmeted bust facing, pearl diademed, cuirassed, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with a horseman riding down an enemy; reverse IMP·XXXXII·COS·XXII·P·P·, Constantinopolis enthroned left, globus cruciger in right hand, scepter in left hand, left foot on a prow, left elbow resting on shield at her side, star left, COMOB in exergue; rare (R2); SOLD


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity," for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.6th Century Antioch
SH46447. Gold solidus, RIC VIII Antioch 172 var. (10th officina not listed), aVF, weight 3.925 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, later part of 355 - 361 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed head right; reverse GLORIA REI-PVBLICAE, Roma on left, enthroned facing, holding spear; Constantinopolis on right, enthroned left, foot on prow, scepter in left; both hold shield inscribed VOT XXXX, ANTI in exergue; very rare; SOLD


Theodosius II, 10 January 402 - 28 July 450 A.D.

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SH52918. Gold solidus, RIC X Theodosius II 202, VF, weight 4.373 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, 7th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 408 - 419 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with horseman; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG Z (harmony between the two emperors, 7th officina), Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, foot on prow, holding scepter and Victory on globe, star left, CONOB in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Theodosius II, 10 January 402 - 28 July 450 A.D.

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SH54546. Gold solidus, RIC X Theodosius II 202, Depeyrot 73/2, SRCV V 21127, Hahn MIRB 12b, DOCLR 313 ff. var. (various officinae, 10th not in the collections), VF, weight 4.340 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 408 - 419 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield decorated with horseman in left; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG I (harmony between the two emperors, 10th officina), Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, foot on prow, scepter in right, Victory on globe presenting wreath in left, star left, CONOB in exergue; excellent centering, slightly wavy flan, scuff on obverse, light scratches; scarce; SOLD




  




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