A ROMAN BRONZE FOLLIS OF CONSTANTINE I WITH OLIVE WOOD BOX
Please refer to our stock # C.B.126A when inquiring.
Reign of Constantine I (306-337 CE)
Arles Mint: 319 CE
Obverse: Laureate, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing right. IMP CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG.
Reverse: Two Victories facing each other, holding shield inscribed with VOT/PR on plain column. VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP. PARL in exergue.
In very fine condition with natural patina present.
Olive wood box, Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
RIC VII, 190
Flavius Valerius Constantinus, Constantine the Great, was the son of Helena and the First Tetrarchic ruler Constantius I. Constantine is most famous for his conversion to Christianity after the battle of the Milvian Bridge where he defeated emperor Maxentius. Before the battle he saw the words "In Hoc Signo Victor Eris" (By this sign you shall conquer) emblazoned on the sun around the Chi Rho, the symbol of Christianity. After placing this Christogram on the shields of his army, he defeated his opponent and thus ruled the empire through divine providence. He also shifted the capital of the empire to Constantinople, establishing the foundation for an Empire that would last another 1000 years. He died in 337 and his sons divided the Roman territories.