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ID number:  BIRBI-R3095
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Constantine I (306-337)
Denomination:  Solidus
Place made:  Mint of Nicomedia
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  335
Metal:  Gold
Weight (g):  4.50

Description:  Obverse: Head of Constantine, wearing a rosette diadem, looking upwards and right.
Reverse: Victory seated on a cuirassed shield inscribing VOT XXX (Vows of the thirtieth year) on a shield held by Genius.

The obverse of this coin shows Constantine in the jewelled diadem that had become common by his time, replacing the wreath of earlier times. The inscription on the shield (shown on the reverse) is in reference to the thirtieth anniversary of the ascension of Constantine to the throne. Despite his reputation as the first Christian emperor, the pagan goddess Victory is still shown on the coins of Constantine.

Inscriptions:  Reverse: VICTORIACONSTANTINIAVG (Victory to Constantine Augustus) SMNG (SM, Sacred money, NG, Mint mark of Nicomedia) in exergue.

Bibliography:  The Roman Imperial Coinage Vol VII, Constantine and Licinius A.D. 313-337 C.H.V. Sutherland and R.A.G. Carson eds. Coin 175.

3 Related People

Haines, Geoffrey Colton
Whitting, Philip David
Constantine I

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