CONSTANTINOPOLIS, City Commemorative
AE3. 3.0g, 19.2mm
MINTED: Thessalonica mint, AD 330-333
REF: RIC VII Thessalonica 188 (C3)
OBVERSE: CONSTAN-TINOPOLIS, laureate, helmeted, mantled bust of Constantinopolis left, holding reversed spear over shoulder.
REVERSE: Victory standing left on foot of prow holding sceptre, left hand on shield; SMTSΔ in exergue.
Almost Very Fine/Very Fine. Black patina with reddish earthen highlights.
The CONSTANTINOPOLIS coins were part of a commemorative series issued by Constantine the Great and his sons from around 330-346. Along with the other types (such as the VRBS ROMA coins), they served to celebrate the founding of Constantinople as Constantine's new capital city, while at the same time acknowledging Rome as the Empire's original birthplace. The 'Victory on a prow' reverse type celebrates the naval victory of Constantine's son, Crispus, over his rival Licinius's fleet at the Battle of the Hellespont in 324. Following this victory, Licinius fled from Byzantium, allowing Constantine to capture the city, which he would re-found as Constantinople, his new capital.
CONSTANTINOPOLIS, City Commemorative . AD 330-346 . AE3 . Thessalonica mint
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