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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1986,0610.1

  • Denomination

    • solidus
  • Description

    Gold coin.(obverse) Bust of Constantine, draped, head, veiled, right.
    (reverse) Constantine, veiled, draped, in quadriga galloping right, grasping reins in left hand and raising right hand to grasp the hand of God, above.

  • State

    • Roman Empire
  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 337
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 4.42 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        DIVVS CONSTANTINVS AVG PATER AVGG
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse exergue
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        CONS
      • Inscription Comment

        mint signature of Constantinople
  • Curator's comments

    Constantine, though baptised on his death-bed, was portrayed as deified on coinage after his death. Although the last Christian emperor to be consecrated as a god was Theodosius the Great (d. AD 395), this was the last time a coin type would be issued.

  • Bibliography

    • RIC8 1, p.447 (type) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2003, Apr-Sep, BM, 'Museum of the Mind: Art and Memory in World Cultures'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1986

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    1986,0610.1


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