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ID number: BIRBI-R3014
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection: G. Haines Collection
Artist / Maker: Constantine I (306-337)
Title / Object name / Definition: Follis
Object type: Coin
Place made: Mint of Rome
Date made: 330
Collector: G. Haines
Measurements: 2.8 g
Description: Obverse: Helmeted bust of goddess Roma.
Reverse: She-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, two stars above. It is interesting that Constantine should mint a coin with the head of the personification of Rome at the same time as dedicating his new capital city, the Second Rome, Constantinople. The reverse on the coin shows a scene from the foundation myth of Rome, where the abandoned twins, Romulus and Remus are being raised by a she-wolf; the brothers would eventually found Rome, with Romulus becoming the first king.
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: VRBS ROMA (City of Rome)
Reverse: RFQ (Mint mark of Rome) in exergue
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