Constantine mint mark collection

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  1. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Hello fellow Ancient collectors. Since there are many Constantine mints, does anyone collect them by mint marks.? If so May I see some.

    Also how many mints are there that produced Constantine coins?

    Rich, the humble Mammothtooth
     
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  3. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    Mints that issued coins of Constantine: London, Trier, Lugdunum (Lyons), Arelate (Arles), Ticinum, Aquileia, Rome, Ostia, Carthage, Siscia, Sirmium, Serdica, Thessalonica, Heraclea, Constantinople, Nicomedia, Cyzicus, Antioch and Alexandria.

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  4. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Thanks you sir very much
     
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  5. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    Here's the first coin for Constantine, issued from London...with no mintmark though.

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    Constantine I
    A.D. 306
    28mm 9.1g
    CONSTANTINVS NOBILI C; laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    GENIO POPVLI ROMANI; Genius standing left, tower on head, loins draped, r. holding patera, l. cornucopiae.
    RIC VI London 66; LMCC 4.04.009

    Ex Rauceby Hoard


    and one with a mintmark

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    Constantine I
    A.D. 307
    29mm 9.3g
    FL VAL CONSTANTINVS NOB C; laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    GENIO POP ROM; Genius standing left, tower on head, loins draped, r. holding patera, l. cornucopiae.
    In ex. PLN
    RIC VI London 89b; LMCC 5.01.009
     
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  6. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Seems interesting the first coin is struck in London, or am I missing some education here.?
     
  7. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    Gah. That Rauceby coin. Show off! :joyful:
     
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  8. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    It is one of my favorite Constantine coins. :)
     
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  9. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Here is a Constantine.
    I posted this one years ago,
    not sure of the Mint.

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  10. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    Your coin is from Constantinople. I can make out the mintmark CONSH•; but there may also be a • in front.
     
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  11. wittwolf

    wittwolf Well-Known Member

    I dont collect by mintmark but still have gotten coinage from the reign of Constantine of 11 mints now. Some more if we count his sons coinage as they where Caesars under him.
    The following mints I got:
    Antioch, Treverorum, Arelate, Ticinum, Aquileia, Rome, Ostia, Constantinople, Heraclea, Nicomedia, Cyzikus
    If counting the coinage minted for his sons under him I could add Siscia and Thessalonica
     
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  12. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    Here's my favorite Constantine from Carthage

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    Constantine I
    A.D. 307
    26mm 6.9g
    CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES; laureate head right
    CONSERVATORES KART SVAE; Carthage standing facing, head left, holding fruits in both hands, within hexastyle temple with plain pediment.
    In ex. PKΔ
    RIC VI Carthage 61
     
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  13. Broucheion

    Broucheion Supporter! Supporter

    Hi @Mammothtooth,

    Here's an
    Æ Follis, Alexandria, Egypt (Officina B) 333-335 CE
    RIC VII, Alexandria, 58 (OFF B)

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    Size: 17x19 mm
    Weight: 2.33 g
    Axis: 06:00

    Obv: Constantine, draped and cuirased, diadem with rosettes, head facing right. Legend: CONSTANTI-NVSMAXAVG. Dotted border.

    Rev: Two soldiers each holding spear and sheild heads turned to face each other standing either side of labarum. Legend: GLOR-IAEXERC-ITVS. In exergue: SMALB. Dotted border.

    - Broucheion
     
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  14. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    It may be silly to some to talk about “fine style” for those folles since the obverse portraits are often so brutally standardized. But that portrait of Constantine is somewhat delicate and expressive. It seems unusual to me.
     
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  15. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    Yes, it is a pretty life-like portrait, very similar to Rome; which Carthage must have copied.

    Here is my favorite Constantine from Siscia.

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    Constantine I
    A.D. 318-19
    19mm 2.9g
    IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG; laureate helmet and cuirassed bust right with spear across right shoulder and shield/ buckler on left.
    VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP; two Victories stg., facing one another, together holding shield [wreath] inscribed VOT PR on altar.
    in ex. ΓSIS
    RIC VII Siscia –

    Not in RIC for this bust
     
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  16. Curtis

    Curtis Supporter! Supporter

    Wow, all it took was a Constantine thread to bring this place back to life!

    Not exactly what you may have meant, though it was struck under Constantine in the name of his son Crispus.

    Crispus AE3 Follis (3.14g, 19mm, 6h), Londinium, 320 CE.
    Obv: CRISPVS NOBIL C. Helmeted cuirassed bust right.
    Rev: VIRTVS EXERCIT. Vexillum with VOT XX banner, two captives seated back-to-back at base. Ex: PLON.
    PLON.
    Ref: RIC 188; Cloke & Toone 9.02.016 (this coin illustrated).
    Prov: Ex DiMarzo Collection, purchased from Lee Toone; Cloke/Toone Collections.

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    Only see-through vexillum I've ever noticed!
     
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  17. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    Here's a Constantine from Rome, issued shortly after Constantine defeated Maxentius.

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    Constantine I
    A.D. 312- 313
    21mm 4.7g
    IMP C CONSTANTINVS P F AVG; laureate and cuirassed bust right.
    HERCVLI VICTORI; Hercules standing right, leaning on club and holding Victory on globe and lion’s skin.
    In ex. R S
    RIC VI Rome 299

    Workshop not in RIC

    ex- Dattari
     
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  18. Curtis

    Curtis Supporter! Supporter

    Oh, my favorite mintmark of all (I collect Roman "captives coinage"). The two captives back-to-back for Lugdunum (Lyons), c. 320 CE:

    Constantine Lyons Lugdunum Captives AE3 - Ex NBS Auctions.jpg

    Note: Victor Clark also points out the context of Crispus’ ongoing wars against the Franks and Alamanni, c. 318-320. It sounds very likely that these campaigns against Germanic tribes are being referenced.
     
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  19. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    Here is a Constantine from Sirmium. This reverse type was only issued for Constantine and only from the London, Lyon, Trier, Arles and Sirmium mints.

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    Constantine I
    A.D. 324-325
    18x20mm 3.1g
    CONSTAN-TINVS AVG; laureate head right.
    SARMATIA DEVICTA; Victory advancing r., holding trophy, palm branch, spurning captive (note the foot firmly on his back) std. on ground to right.
    in ex. SIRM
    RIC VII Sirmium 48



    “When Constantine learned that the Sarmatians, who live near Lake Maeotis, had sailed across the Danube and were pillaging his territory, he led his army against them…he killed many, took more prisoners and put the rest to flight.” Zosimus 2:21
     
  20. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Wow that's sharp.
    Love the tones!
     
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  21. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    It's a fantastic coin, especially considering it looked like this when I got it.

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