Constantine I [The Great] (AD 307 - AD 337)

Caesar Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus, commonly known in English as Constantine I. Best known for being the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine reversed the persecutions of his predecessor, Diocletian, and issued (with his co-emperor Licinius) the Edict of Milan in 313, which proclaimed religious toleration throughout the empire. The Byzantine liturgical calendar, observed by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches of Byzantine rite, lists both Constantine and his mother Helena as saints. Although he is not included in the Latin Church's list of saints, which does recognize several other Constantines as saints, he is revered under the title "The Great" for his contributions to Christianity. Constantine also transformed the ancient Roman colony of Byzantium into a new imperial residence, Constantinople, which would remain the capital of the Byzantine Empire for over one thousand years.

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Principi' AE Follis 020122

Constantine I (The Great) 'Principi' AE Follis
4.64 grams, 23.28 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PRINCIPI IV-VENTVTIS, Constantine standing left, holding globe and spear; star in right field. Mintmark PLN. RIC VI London 222; Sear -. Good extremely fine.
£110.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Principi' AE Follis 020122
Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' Follis 021104

Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' Follis
Bronze, 4.53 grams, 23.32 mm. London. 310 AD. Obverse: IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI, Sol standing left, chlamys draped over upper chest and left shoulder, holding globe and raising right hand, T-F across fields. Mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 121a; cf Sear 3868. Near extremely fine.
£60.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' Follis 021104
Constantine II 'Globe on Altar' Follis 020138

Constantine II 'Globe on Altar' Follis
Bronze, 2.87 grams, 19.43 mm. London. 323-324 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTI-NVS IVN NC, helmeted, cuirassed bust left. Reverse: BEAT TRA-NQLITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT-IS-XX in three lines, three stars above. Mintmark PLON in exergue. RIC VII London 287; Sear 3941. Good very fine.
£60.00

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Constantine II 'Globe on Altar' Follis 020138
Constantine I 'Sol' AE Follis 021076

Constantine I 'Sol' AE Follis
Bronze, 3.87 grams, 23.00 mm. London. 310 AD. Obverse: IMP CONSTANTINVS P AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: SOLI INVI-CTO COMITI, Sol standing left, chlamys falling from left shoulder, holding globe, right hand raised; T-F across fields; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 124; cf Sear 3868. (Note the different obverse legend of this coin with only P AVG, not PF AVG). Extremely fine.
£65.00

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Constantine I 'Sol' AE Follis 021076
Constantine II 'Globe on Altar' Follis 020137

Constantine II 'Globe on Altar' Follis
Bronze, 3.11 grams, 19.30 mm. London. 323-324 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTI-NVS IVN NC, helmeted, cuirassed bust left. Reverse: BEAT TRA-NQLITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT - IS - XX in three lines, three stars above. Mintmark PLON in exergue. RIC VII London 287; Sear (1988) 3941. Extremely fine/good very fine.
£60.00

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Constantine II 'Globe on Altar' Follis 020137
Constantine II 'Globe on Altar' Follis 021058

Constantine II 'Globe on Altar' Follis
Bronze, 2.74 grams, 19.21 mm. London. 323-324 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTI-NVS IVN NC, helmeted, cuirassed bust left. Reverse: BEAT TRA-NQLITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT-IS-XX in three lines, three stars above. Mintmark PLON in exergue. RIC VII London 287; Sear 3941. About extremely fine.
£60.00

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Constantine II 'Globe on Altar' Follis 021058
Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' Follis 021057

Rare Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' Follis
Bronze, 3.81 grams, 23.14 mm. London. 313-315 AD. Obverse: IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: SOLI INVI-C-TO COMITI, Sol standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, holding globe and raising right hand. S-F across fields. Mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VII London 6; cf Sear 3881. Rated R1 in RIC. Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' Follis 021057
Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020363

Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.58 grams, 23.52 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PRINCIPI IV-VENTVTIS, Constantine standing left, holding globe and spear; star in right field; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 222; Sear - (Sear 3865: standing right). Extremely fine.

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020363
Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020115

Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.36 grams, 22.73 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PRINCIPI IV-VENTVTIS, Constantine standing left, holding globe and spear; star in right field; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 222; Sear -. Extremely fine.
£90.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020115
Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020119

Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.61 grams, 22.41 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PRINCIPI IV-VENTVTIS, Constantine standing left, holding globe and spear; star in right field; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 222; Sear -. Extremely fine.
£90.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020119
Constantine I (The Great) 'Concordia' AE Follis 020370

Scarce Constantine I (The Great) 'Concordia' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.52 grams, 24.41 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: CONCORD MILIT, Concordia standing left, holding two standards, star in right field, mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 195; Sear -. Extremely fine. Note: Although RIC rates this type as common, it is scarcely seen for sale these days.
£90.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Concordia' AE Follis 020370
Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020366

Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.50 grams, 22.64 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PRINCIPI IV-VENTVTIS, Constantine standing right, holding globe and spear; star in left field; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 265; cf Sear 3865. About extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£70.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020366
Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020118

Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.04 grams, 23.24 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PRINCIPI IV-VENTVTIS, Constantine standing right, holding globe and spear; star in left field; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 265; cf Sear 3865. Good very fine.
£85.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020118
Constantine I (The Great) 'Concordia' AE Follis 020120

Constantine I (The Great) 'Concordia' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.19 grams, 24.49 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS P AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: CONCORD MILIT, Concordia standing left, holding two standards, star in right field, mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 199; Sear -. Extremely fine with a softer reverse. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£85.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Concordia' AE Follis 020120
Constantine I (The Great) 'Victories and Shield' AE Follis 020167

Rare Constantine I (The Great) 'Victories and Shield' AE Follis
Bronze, 2.22 grams, 19.50 mm. London. 319-320 AD. Obverse: IMP CONSTANT-INVS AVG, cuirassed bust left wearing high-crested helmet, holding spear over shoulder. Reverse: VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories standing, holding wreath inscribed VOT PR over altar type Helv. 3d, decorated with a cross within a wreath; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VII London 168; cf Sear 3853 and 3883. Reverse off-struck otherwise extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£70.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Victories and Shield' AE Follis 020167
Constantine I (The Great) 'Concordia' AE Follis 020367

Scarce Constantine I (The Great) 'Concordia' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.66 grams, 23.22 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: CONCORD MILIT, Concordia standing left, holding two standards, star in right field, mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 195; Sear -. About extremely fine. Note: Although RIC rates this type as common, it is scarcely seen for sale these days.
£70.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Concordia' AE Follis 020367
Constantine I (The Great) 'Blessed Tranquility' AE Follis 020131

Constantine I (The Great) 'Blessed Tranquility' AE Follis
Bronze, 2.79 grams, 19.51 mm. London. 323-324 AD. Obverse: CONSTANT-INVS AVG, laureate, cuirassed bust right, holding eagle-tipped sceptre. Reverse: BEAT TRA-NQLITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT-IS-XX in three lines, three stars above, mintmark PLON in exergue. RIC VII London 267; cf Sear 3870. (Note: RIC describes the bust as wearing a trabea, but it appears to be a cuirass.) Good extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£65.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Blessed Tranquility' AE Follis 020131
Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020368

Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.16 grams, 23.94 mm. London. 310-312 AD. Obverse: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PRINCIPI IV-VENTVTIS, Constantine standing left, holding globe and spear; star in right field; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 222; cf Sear 3865. Extremely fine/near extremely fine.
£75.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Prince of Youth' AE Follis 020368
Constantine I (The Great) 'Two Victories' AE Follis 020135

Scarce Constantine I (The Great) 'Two Victories' AE Follis
Bronze, 2.99 grams, 18.00 mm. London. 319 AD. Obverse: IMP CONSTAN-TINVS MAX AVG, helmeted, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories standing facing each other, holding wreath inscribed VOT PR on plain, narrow altar type Helv. 1a; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VII London 154; cf Sear 3883. Good extremely fine/good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£70.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Two Victories' AE Follis 020135
Constantine I (The Great) 'Blessed Tranquility' 020139

Constantine I (The Great) 'Blessed Tranquility' AE Follis
Bronze, 3.49 grams, 19.23 mm. London. 323-324 AD. Obverse: CONSTA-NTINVS AVG, laureate, cuirassed bust right, holding eagle-tipped sceptre. Reverse: BEAT TRA-NQLITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT-IS-XX in three lines, three stars above, mintmark PLON in exergue. RIC VII London 267; cf Sear 3870. (Note: RIC describes the bust as wearing a trabea, but it appears to be a cuirass.) Extremely fine.
£60.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Blessed Tranquility' 020139
Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' AE Follis 021065

Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' AE Follis
Bronze, 4.67 grams, 23.95 mm. London. 310 AD. Obverse: IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: SOLI INVI-CTO COMITI, Sol standing left, chlamys falling from left shoulder, holding globe, right hand raised; T-F across fields; mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VI London 121a; cf Sear 3868. Good extremely fine.
£55.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' AE Follis 021065
Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' AE Follis 021096

Scarce Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' AE Follis
Bronze, 2.65 grams, 20.65 mm. London. 313-315 AD. Obverse: IMP CONSTANTINVS P AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI, Sol standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, holding globe and raising right hand, S-F across fields, mintmark PLN in exergue. RIC VII London 8; cf Sear 3868. Good extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£70.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Sol' AE Follis 021096
Constantine I (The Great) 'Captives and Standard' AE Follis 016792

Very Rare (R2) Constantine I (The Great) 'Captives and Standard' AE Follis
Bronze, 2.65 grams, 20.03 mm. London. 320-321 AD. Obverse: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, helmeted, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: VIRTVS-EXERCIT, two captives seated at the base of a standard inscribed VOT XX. Mintmark PLON in exergue. RIC VII London 185; Sear 3885. Very fine-good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£49.00

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Constantine I (The Great) 'Captives and Standard' AE Follis 016792


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