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Cyzicus Mint
Constantine I (A.D.307-337)
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ER530 - Constantine I, Consecration of (A.D. 307-337), AE4, 1.90g., 15mm, Cyzicus mint (Belkis, Turkey), 3rd officina, before A.D. 337-347, veiled head of Constantine right, DV (Divus) CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, rev., Constantine veiled and wrapped within robe on Quadriga galloping right, the manus dei (Hand of God) extending down from heaven to grasp his extended right hand, [S]MKΓ in exergue, (RIC 19, almost extremely fine. $95

This scene is strongly reminiscence of the Old Testament prophet Elijah's ascent to heaven on a chariot of horses and fire. It is also perhaps telling of Constantine's own and or his successors idea of his place within the Christian 'pantheon', depicting him in the guise of a paramount prophet of the Old Testament. Technically a type commemorating the Divine Status of Constantine the Great, this coin exemplifies the ambiguity that surrounds the emperors relationship with early Christianity. Though he died a Christian he is here named as Divine on his posthumous coinage, a very pagan concept. As Mattingly remarked "a new shade of meaning must have been attached to the term".

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ER526 - Constantine I, Consecration of (A.D. 307-337), AE4, 1.34g., 16mm, Cyzicus mint (Belkis, Turkey), 3rd officina, before A.D. 337-347, veiled head of Constantine right, DV (Divus) CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, rev., Constantine veiled and wrapped within robe on Quadriga galloping right, the manus dei (Hand of God) extending down from heaven to grasp his extended right hand, [SMKΓ] in exergue, (RIC 19, almost extremely fine. $95

This scene is strongly reminiscence of the Old Testament prophet Elijah's ascent to heaven on a chariot of horses and fire. It is also perhaps telling of Constantine's own and or his successors idea of his place within the Christian 'pantheon', depicting him in the guise of a paramount prophet of the Old Testament. Technically a type commemorating the Divine Status of Constantine the Great, this coin exemplifies the ambiguity that surrounds the emperors relationship with early Christianity. Though he died a Christian he is here named as Divine on his posthumous coinage, a very pagan concept. As Mattingly remarked "a new shade of meaning must have been attached to the term"

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ER521 - Constantine I, Consecration of (A.D. 307-337), AE4, 1.84g., 16mm, Cyzicus mint (Belkis, Turkey), 3rd officina, before A.D. 337-347, veiled head of Constantine right, DV (Divus) CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, rev., Constantine veiled and wrapped within robe on Quadriga galloping right, the manus dei (Hand of God) extending down from heaven to grasp his extended right hand, [S]MKΓ in exergue, (RIC 19, almost extremely fine. $95

This scene is strongly reminiscence of the Old Testament prophet Elijah's ascent to heaven on a chariot of horses and fire. It is also perhaps telling of Constantine's own and or his successors idea of his place within the Christian 'pantheon', depicting him in the guise of a paramount prophet of the Old Testament. Technically a type commemorating the Divine Status of Constantine the Great, this coin exemplifies the ambiguity that surrounds the emperors relationship with early Christianity. Though he died a Christian he is here named as Divine on his posthumous coinage, a very pagan concept. As Mattingly remarked "a new shade of meaning must have been attached to the term".

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R6081 - Constantine I, as Augustus (A.D. 307-337), Bronze Reduced Follis, 3.07g., 20mm, Cyzicus mint (Belkis, Turkey), 4th officina, A.D. 317-320, laureate draped bust left, globe in left hand, mappa in right, IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, rev., Jupiter standing facing head left, chlamys hanging from left shoulder, holding Victory on globe, leaning on sceptre, IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG, wreath in field left, officina mark in field right, SMK in exergue (RIC 8), practically as struck with full silver wash remaining, superb! $155