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    Constantine I. 307-337 AD. Solidus, 4.52g (6h). Trier, c. 310-3 AD. Obv: CONSTANTI - NVS P F AVG Head laureate right. Rx: FRANCIA in exergue, GAVDIVM ROMANORVM around, Francia, wearing pointed cap, seated left on ground in attitude of mourning, supporting head with right hand, right elbow rests on right knee, left hand resting on bow behind her; above her back, trophy. RIC 824 (R3). Depeyrot 18/3 (p. 56, 12 specimens). Cohen 168 (200 Fr.). Contact mark on jawline, otherwise EF.

    The personification of "Francia", equivalent to "France" or "the land of the Franks", appears in ancient art only on Constantinian gold coins like ours dating to c. 310-324 AD, from the mints of Trier, Siscia, and Ticinum, often accompanied by similar types of ALAMANNIA and SARMATIA. See T. Ganschow, Francia, LIMC VIII.1, 1997, pp. 592-3.


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