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ID number: BIRBI-R2757
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 Londinium
Date made: 307-313
Collector: G. Haines
Measurements: 4.42 g
Description: Obverse: Bust of the Emperor Constantine I wearing a cuirass and laurel wreath.
Reverse: Sol standing holding a globe in his left hand. Constantine is often credited with being the first Christian emperor; however Sol made frequent appearances on his coins. In the tradition started by Diocletian, Constantine adopted the divinity Sol Invictus as his patron god (as had Constantius I, Constantine’s father). Also like Diocletian, Constantine publicised this connection by associating himself with Sol on his coins.
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: IMPCONSTANTINVSPFAVC (Imperator Constantine Pius Felix Augustus)
Reverse: SOLIINVIC TOCOMITI (Unconquerable Sun) PLN (Mint mark for London) in exergue
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