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Constantine I

Flavius Valerius Constantinus
Augustus (AD 307-337)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Constantine was the son of the Emperor Constantius I. When Constantius died in AD 306 in Eboracum (York), the soldiers declared Constantine Emperor, although this was against the Tetrarchic system laid down by Diocletian. For the time being, however, he was tolerated and the reigning Senior Augustus, Galerius, gave him the title of Caesar. Constantine married Fausta the daughter of the former Emperor Maximianus. When Galerius died, Constantine invaded Italy, the territory of his brother-in-law, Maxentius. He defeated him at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in AD 312, and it was at this battle that God apparently gave Constantine the sign of victory. Constantine took up the struggle of the Christian cause, and repealed many of Diocletian and Galerius' edicts against the new religion. Soon only Licinius was left out of the former Tetrarchy, and Constantine eventually defeated him to reign absolutely. Constantine moved the capital of the empire from Rome to Byzantium, which was renamed Constantinopolis. As Constantine lay dying, he was baptised and formally converted to the Christian faith. He left the empire divided between his three sons and several of his nephews


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Constantine I

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Coins of Constantine I currently available

Coin image Constantine I and Urbs Roma
Bronze AE18 issued AD 330-333.
Obv: VRBA ROMA, Helmeted bust of Roma left wearing imperial robes.
Rev: She-wold suckling twins, two stars above (SMHE in ex.).
About Very Fine   |   AUD $40.00
Coin image Constantine I
Bronze AE3 issued AD 314/315.
Obv: IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
Rev: SOLI INVICTO COMITI, Sol standing left holding globe, RX in left field, F in right (RS in ex.).
Very Fine   |   AUD $45.00
Coin image Constantine I
Bronze follis issued AD 310.
Obv: IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
Rev: SOLI INVICTO COMITI, Sol standing left holding globe, T F in field (PLN in ex.).
Extremely Fine   |   AUD $110.00
Coin image Constantine I
Bronze follis issued AD 308.
Obv: IMP C CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: CONSERV VRB SVAE, Roma seated within hexastyle temple (AQS in ex.).
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $120.00
Coin image Constantine I
Bronze follis issued AD 313/314.
Obv: IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
Rev: SOLI INVICTO COMITI, Sol standing left holding globe, S F in field (PLN in ex.).
Extremely Fine   |   AUD $120.00
Coin image Constantine I
Bronze AE3 issued AD 324/325.
Obv: Laureate head facing right.
Rev: CONSTANTINVS AVG, Inscription below wreath (SMANTZ in ex.).
Very Fine-Extremely Fine   |   AUD $320.00