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Roman Commemoratives, 307 - 361 A.D.

Constantine the Great and his sons issued small bronze coins commemorating the old capital, Rome, and the new capital, Constantinople, to symbolize the equality of the two cities and the new importance of Constantinople to the empire. On this page we also list consecration commemoratives issued by Constantine and his sons.

Lot of 5 Roman Empire Bronze Coins - City of Rome Commemoratives, 330 - 346 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |Lot| |of| |5| |Roman| |Empire| |Bronze| |Coins| |-| |City| |of| |Rome| |Commemoratives,| |330| |-| |346| |A.D.||Lot|
Five different mints: Antioch (SMANZ), Nicomedia (SMNΓ), Cyzicus (SMKB), Heraclea (SMHE), and Thessalonica (SMTSE). SM beginning the mintmarks abbreviates Sacra Moneta. Mints were considered sacred and associated with the goddess Juno Moneta. The early Roman mint was located in the temple of Juno. The final letter indicates the mint workshop number: 1 (A), 2 (B), 3 (Γ), 4 (∆), or 5 (E).
LT87358. Bronze Lot, 5 city of Rome commemorative bronze reduced centenionales, 16.4 - 18.8 mm, all choice VF, with highlighting "desert" patina, 330 - 346 A.D.; no identification, no tags or flips, the lot is the actual coins in the photograph; SOLD


City of Rome Commemorative, 330 - 331 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Rome| |Commemorative,| |330| |-| |331| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
On some high grade examples of the VRBS ROMA series, a certain symbol can be seen or guessed on the shoulder of the wolf. It might look like the letter Θ (at Thessalonica and Alexandria) or a flock of hair, but on this well struck and preserved wolf there is an obvious star with rounded tips, different from the two above. There are no such symbols on earlier depictions (Republic and early empire) of the she-wolf as far as we know.
RL29336. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Rome 338, LRBC I 540, SRCV IV 16507, Cohen VII 17, Hunter V -, gVF, weight 2.622 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Rome mint, 330 - 331 A.D.; obverse VRBS ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma left wearing imperial mantle; reverse she-wolf standing left, head turned back right, suckling the infant twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above, RBQ in exergue; rare; SOLD


City and People of Rome, 1100th Year Anniversary Commemorative, 348 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |and| |People| |of| |Rome,| |1100th| |Year| |Anniversary| |Commemorative,| |348| |A.D.||medallic| |nummus|
Suetonius reports that from the roof of the Basilica Julia "Caligula threw coins among the people." Many other emperors made similar donatives to the people. This very rare type is almost always very well centered and struck. Unusual quality control at the mint ensured a medallic appearance because it was minted for an imperial distribution during celebrations commemorating the 1100th anniversary of Rome's foundation. The rarity of this type suggest that all of the coins, including this coin, may have been thrown to the crowd by the emperor Constans himself.
RL87768. Bronze medallic nummus, RIC VIII Rome 104 (R4), Vagi 3049, LRBC II 611, Hunter V -, VF, excellent full circles strike, green patina, porosity/light corrosion, edge crack, weight 1.978 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, struck under Constans, 348 A.D.; obverse ROMA, helmeted and draped bust of Roma right; reverse Virtus standing facing in military attire, head right, spear vertical in right hand, resting left hand on grounded oval shield, P - R (Populi Romania - people of Rome) cross field; very rare; SOLD







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CONSTANTINOPOLI
CONSTANTINOPOLIS
POPROMANVS
ROMA
VRBSROMA
VRBSROMABEATA


REFERENCES|

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