VRBS ROMA, City Commemorative
AE3. 1.75g, 17.7mm
MINTED: Uncertain - Nicomedia (?) mint, AD 330-335.
REF: RIC VII Nicomedia 195?
OBVERSE: VRBS-ROMA, bust of Roma wearing helmet and imperial mantle, left.
REVERSE: She-wolf standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above; SM[NS?] in exergue.
Fair/Fine. Rough on the obverse, reverse better. Mintmark rather indeterminate, possibly Nicomedia.
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, 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 and spiritual center. 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 . "Wolf and Twins"
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