VRBS ROMA, City Commemorative
AE4. 1.07g, 13.8mm
MINTED: (Imitating?) Lyons mint, AD 330-331
REF: RIC VII Lyons 242/275 (R2)
OBVERSE: VRBS-ROMA, bust of Roma wearing helmet with plume and imperial mantle, left.
REVERSE: She-wolf standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above; PLG in exergue.
Very Fine. The unusually small module and weight suggests this is an ancient imitation of the Lyon mint, but well struck and in nice style. An attractive and interesting little coin!
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 . AE4 . "Wolf and Twins
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