VRBS ROMA, City Commemorative
AE3. 2.08g, 17.2mm
MINTED: Trier mint, AD 332-333
REF: RIC VII Trier 542 (C3)
OBVERSE: VRBS-ROMA, helmleted bust of Roma left in imperial mantle.
REVERSE: She-wolf standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus, star on shoulder; two stars above, TR•S in exergue.
Good Fine. A bit of porosity.
The VRBS ROMA 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 CONSTANTINOPOLIS 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 'wolf and twins' motif was a traditional one depicting the twins Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she-wolf who sheltered them after they had been left abandoned in the wilds. Romulus was the mythological founder of the city of Rome.
VRBS ROMA, City Commemorative . AD 330-346 . AE3 . Romulus & Remus with She-Wolf
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