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    Constantine I. A.D. 307/10-337. AV solidus, (17 mm, 4.09 g, 6 h). Rome, A.D. 312. Laureate head of Constantine I right / Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm; at her feet to left, bound captive seated left, head turned to look back; PR. RIC 285a, pl. 7 (same rev. die); Depeyrot 17/9. XF, lustrous, a few scattered marks. Extremely rare - Depeyrot records just two specimens.

    This piece, struck at Rome almost immediately after Constantine's defeat of Maxentius at Milvian Bridge in AD 312, celebrates that signal event with its depiction of Victory with an enemy captive at her feet. As one of the earliest issues of the new denomination termed the solidus, the dies were likely engraved by the same master celator Maxentius had employed for his magnificent aurei and medallions. The powerful profile of Constantine, while somewhat idealized, shows a sharp reversion to realism after the almost generic portraits of the Tetrarchs.


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