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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 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

Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, "performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom." It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337.
SH28376. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Alexandria p. 539 4; LRBC II 1445; Voetter 42; SRCV V 17489; Cohen VII 760; Hunter V p. 283, 7, Choice EF, weight 2.637 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Alexandria mint, posthumous, 337 - Apr 340 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS P T AVGG (Divus Constantinus Pater Trium Augusti = Divine Constantine, father of the three emperors), veiled bust right; reverse Emperor in quadriga right, veiled, the hand of God reaches down to take him to heaven, S - R flanking high in field, SMALΓ in exergue; rare this nice; SOLD





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