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    Constantine I. 307-337 AD. Solidus, 4.32g (1h). Ticinum, 315 AD. Obv: CONSTANTI - NVS P F AVG Head laureate right. Rx: RESTITVTORI LIBERTATIS Constantine, in military dress, standing left, holding parazonium and handing globe to helmeted Roma, who sits right before him on throne, holding scepter; in exergue, SMT. RIC 31 (1 specimen, Glasgow). Depeyrot 12/7, p. 70 (2 specimens). Cohen 465 (200 Fr.). Flawless portrait of Constantine. Reverse exhibits some weak striking. Mint State.

    Ex Rauch, MBS 8, 1 October 2004, lot 599

    The reverse type refers to Constantine's defeat of Maxentius in 312 AD, by which he "restored freedom" to the city of Rome. The same reverse die was also coupled with an obverse showing jugate busts of Constantine and Sol, with legend COMIS CONSTANTINI AVG, "the Companion of Constantine Augustus": RIC 32, pl. 9, and M. Radnoty Alföldi, Constantinische Goldprägung, pl. 5, 64. The parazonium held by Constantine in this reverse type is erroneously called a "short sceptre" by Bruun, RIC 31.


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