Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus, 306-337 AD

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CATALOG INFORMATION
ID Number: AC11-0101
Category: Ancient Coins
Description: Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus, 306-337 AD
Country or State: Roman Empire
Year: 335 - 337 AD (Cyzikus Mint)
Period:  
Head of State/Ruler: Constantinus I (Full NameFlavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus), Commonly known as Constantine the Great; 57th Emperor of the Roman Empire
Reign: 25 July 306 AD – 22 May 337 AD, (30 years, 301 days)
Currency: AE Follis
Face Value:  
Subject/Theme: Commemorative VRBS ROMA Series
Obverse: Helmeted and mantled bust of Roma left
Obverse Legend: VRBS ROMA
Obverse Designer:  
Reverse: She-wolf standing left, suckling the twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above
Reverse Legend: SMKE* in ex.
Reverse Designer:  
Edge: Irregular
Note: Cyzikus, 5th officina Mint
Mint Mark:  
Composition: Bronze
Diameter: ~19.0 mm (irregular)
Thickness: ~1.2 mm
Weight: 2.2 grams
Mintage:  
Krause & Mishler Number:  
Other Catalog Number: RIC VII 91 (RIC R4)
State of Conservation: Extremely Fine (XF)
Rarity: Scarce
   

CATALOG VALUE
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Very Good (VG) € -
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HISTORICAL NOTES
Constantine and his sons issued a few different types of commemoratives from 330-346. These were issued to mark the foundation of Constantinople and to also re-affirm Rome as the traditional center of the Empire. Thirteen mints produced these types: Trier, Lugdunum (Lyons), Arelate (Arles), Aquileia, Rome, Siscia, Thessalonica, Heraclea, Constantinople, Nicomedia, Cyzicus, Antioch and Alexandria. The two most common are the CONSTANTINOPOLIS (Victory on a prow) and VRBS ROMA (wolf and twins) types. The female figure on the obverse is the personification of Constantinople or Rome. The wolf and twins type depict Romulus and Remus (the founders of Rome) being suckled by the she-wolf. The two stars on the reverse represent the dioscuri ( the twins Castor and Pollux).