Reign of Constantine I (c. 307 - 337 A.D.)
Obverse: Laureate head of Constantine I facing right
Reverse: D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, VOT XX in wreath, TSGVI
Found in Bethlehem. In cood condition with very nice natural black patina. In modern silver setting.
22 mm diameter; 6.70 g.
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Constantine the Great, early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
The emperor Constantine has rightly been called the most important emperor of Late Antiquity. His powerful personality laid the foundations of post-classical European civilization; his reign was eventful and highly dramatic. His victory at the Milvian Bridge counts among the most decisive moments in world history, while his legalization and support of Christianity and his foundation of a 'New Rome' at Byzantium rank among the most momentous decisions ever made by a European ruler. The fact that ten Byzantine emperors after him bore his name may be seen as a measure of his importance and of the esteem in which he was held.