Constantine the Great Coin

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Juan91, Aug 20, 2018.


What is this coing worth?

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  1. Juan91

    Juan91 New Member

    Hello i am very new to coin collecting, i am looking to for some feedback I recently bought this coin, for its age its not that bad looking. What do yall think?

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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

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  4. Dave363

    Dave363 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to Cointalk
    That was my first ancient coin purchase very inexpensive that's a cool way to start your collection in (Ancient Coins). IMO
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  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Could you post clearer images of both sides?
  6. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    With the radiate crown on the obverse bust... it’s not Constantine. Probably Gallienus or ClaudiusII!

    If you post better photos we can let you know who for sure.

    No coin is a bad coin if you learned something and it starts a rewarding hobby. This coin is a start on the path to future coins in better condition.
  7. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    It doesn't look like Constantine to me. The "International Numismatic Bureau" is not a reputable organization. You can google them. Their slabs are worthless. In this case, I think the description is simply wrong. Give us a larger picture of the coin only and we will be able to say what it is. Its dollar value will be low.
  8. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    kool, but yeah, what the other peeps said..take it out of "that" slab and post a more better pic (more light would help). welcome to CT ancients Juan91..:)
  9. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Welcome to Ancients, @Juan91 :)

    As @Valentinian said, it's not Constantine I and the slabbing company is not reputable.

    Any ancient coin can be exciting, especially your first, so keep this and let it be the start of a new hobby. I'm glad came here though. You'll find many resources on this board by using the search function and as you gain knowledge you'll be able to buy much better coins for less money. You'll be able to find and buy coins in much better condition.

    Here are your pictures, edited to crop all of the unnecessary plastic and adjusted as much as possible to see some details. It looks like your coin is probably a posthumous issue of Claudius II, eagle reverse.


    Here's an example currently for sale on Vcoins:

    Claudius II
    A.D. 270
    Ӕ Antoninianus
    19x20mm 3.0gm
    DIVO CLAVDIO; Radiate head right.
    CONSECRATIO; eagle standing left, head right.
    RIC V Rome 266
    posthumous issue
  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Note the label on your slab says Constantine the Great Era which is their way of saying unidentified late Roman coin. Yours is better than most of the horrid coins they put in these slabs because it can be identified properly (as TIF did). For the price they usually charge for these (of which 90% is for the holder), you can do much better for your second coin. Hang around here and see examples of what others get. Welcome.
    Below is just one of several hundred coin types of the actual Constantine the Great in very ordinary condition but fully identifiable.[​IMG]
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  11. USCoinCollector42

    USCoinCollector42 Well-Known Member

    I agree with TIF. It's not a coin of Constantine The Great but it's still from ancient Rome (Claudius II to be exact). How good of a purchase it was depends on how much you paid for it. It's a rather inexpensive coin.
  12. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper Supporter

    At least OP's Claudius Gothicus appears to be minted on a full flan. Mine is a little short on flan surface.

    claud_iovi_6 (1).jpg
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  13. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Just a suggestion, those "slabs" from International Numismatic Bureau come apart easily (I think). Use a letter opener or butter knife to pry gently on the crack and it should pop open easily. Why would you want to do that??? First, it is REALLY cool to touch a coin that old with your bare hands (not like modern uncirc and proofs) and it allows you to take better pictures and find out EXACTLY what it is you have. BTW, welcome to CoinTalk's Darkside...
  14. Theodosius

    Theodosius Unrepentant Fine Style Freak! Supporter

    Welcome to cointalk!

    A genuine ancient coin is pretty amazing to own and hold.

    You can learn a lot from the friendly people on this board.

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