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ID number:  BIRBI-R3014
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  G. Haines Collection
Collector:  Haines, Geoffrey
Maker:  Constantine I (306-337)
Denomination:  Follis
Place made:  Mint of Rome
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  330
Metal:  Copper
Weight (g):  2.80

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:  Obverse: VRBS ROMA (City of Rome)
Reverse: RFQ (Mint mark of Rome) 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 331.

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Constantine I

Whitting, Philip David
Haines, Geoffrey Colton
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