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  1. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks. I don't really count it as part of my collection, so I haven't ever entered it into my personal catalog, but it's still nice to know what it is I actually spent my quarter on more than 50 years ago!
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  3. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Well-Known Member

    Billon argenteus Of Constantine I 318 A.D. Obv helmeted bust left with spear over shoulder. Rv Altar flanked by two victories holding up a shield. RIC 208a Trier Mint 3.44 grms 17 mm Photo by W. Hansen conmag310.jpg
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  4. Adriaan

    Adriaan Active Member

    I am a fan! A few of my favorites:

    As a caesar:

    When he considered himself INVICTVS:


    AN a nice bust:
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  5. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Eye of Horus

    Those billon coins are hard to come by I think. Nice example.
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  6. Agricantus

    Agricantus Allium aflatunense

    +1. Meanwhile Ardashir I seems to get a pass. Cf Tabari & Nöldeke, Ardashir killed a lagre number of his brothers. In addition to all the local kings he killed part of his power grab.

    Not much to add about C I. A very fine emperor with tremendous influence.
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  7. DonnaML

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    When I was in Rome with my son in 2008 and we visited the Capitoline Museum, I took this photo of the colossal bronze head, hand, and globe from a statute of Constantine I. (Although I recall reading that the head may have been reworked from one belonging to a different emperor.)

    Detail Constantine head globe hand Rome 2008 2.JPG

    I believe that a couple of years ago, the missing remainder of his index finger was discovered.
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  8. svessien

    svessien Senior Member

    Did you take a look at his triumphal arc, next to the Colosseum? It’s quite interesting. The decorations are a mixture of contemporary sculpture and older ornaments, taken from the Golden Age of the 2nd century:

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  9. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Constantine minted various interesting coins. Some of mine favourites:
    Large follis from Thessalonica 6-7 gr
    from Nicomedia with very nice patina 5gr
    helmeted from Rome 3 gr
    image(3).jpg anephigraphic from Antioch 2gr
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  10. seth77

    seth77 Well-Known Member

    Constantine has some of the most beautiful late roman coins.

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  11. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    It's missing a few letters of the obverse legend but I've always liked this one:

    This one is new and a favorite as well:
  12. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    My first and only Constantine is very special to me as I bought it where it was minted in London...a very special souvenir. 12121.jpg
  13. Carl Wilmont

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    Constantine I, the Great 307-337 A.D. Follis Nicomedia Mint


    AE Follis 2.80g. 19mm. 328-329 A.D. Nicomedia Mint. Pearl-diademed head right, CONSTAN-TINVS AVG / Camp gate surmounted by two turrets, no doors; star above; in ex.: SMNΔ PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG
    RIC VII 153.
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  14. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    Carl, with the pearl diadem, your coin is Nicomedia 153, struck A.D. 328- 329.
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  15. Carl Wilmont

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    Thank you, Victor! I corrected the attribution.
  16. Here is one that I have:


    Constantine I "the Great" (AD 306 to 337). AE follis. 23mm, 3.33 g. Thessalonica, second officina, struck AD 312 to 313. IMP C CONSTANTINVS PF AVG. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantine right. IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG NN. Jupiter standing facing, head left, chlamys hanging from left shoulder, holding Victory on globe and leaning on sceptre, eagle with wreath left. In ex.: Dot TS Dot B. RIC VI 61b.

    Given the mint and date it must have been minted by Licinius for his then-ally Constantine (as they were each looking for excuses to attack the other).
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  17. Limes

    Limes Well-Known Member

    Great write-up @Ocatarinetabellatchitchix and lovely coins. I've visited the museum in Rome, where the head is displayed. Very impressive, and to think it must have been quite the statue at that height!

    Here are mine. I like coins of Constatine. There are many variations. I'm not quite sure if I 'like' him as emperor though...

    With the pointy nose:

    Obverse with a Christian hint, or not?

    And the campgate type:
  18. Ricardo123

    Ricardo123 Member

    Nice coins here. Constantino is a good emperor for Christians and freedom of religion. This one is from Lugdunum with nice detail.

  19. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    Wonderful coins posted.. here are a couple of mine:



    Obv: CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate head right.
    Rev: D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, VOT XX within wreath
    Mintmark: Epsilon SIS sunburst
    RIC VII Siscia, 180.
  20. posnerfan_48

    posnerfan_48 Member

    I only have a few common Constantines myself. But I can recommend David Potter's "Constantine The Emperor," an excellent scholarly treatment of Constantine's life. Potter tries very hard to recover the historical Constantine through contemporaneous materials like legal petitions to the Constantine and panegyrics celebrating his accomplishments. One particularly fascinating argument is that there is no contemporaneous account of Constantine witnessing the cross or chi-rho in his dream, all accounts were written after the fact. More fascinating is the argument that the chi-rho painted on his shields could have stood for Christ (Christos) or the greek word for "luck."
  21. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    My only Constantine. It is Ex: Dattari bought from that Jesus Vico sale a few years ago.
    Constantine RIC VII Antioch 7.jpg
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