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Constantinopolis (Istanbul, Turkey)

Little needs to be said about Constantine the Great's New Rome, built on top of the old Greek city Byzantion. Coinage started in 326 and continued until the fall of the Roman Empire in 1453. Mintmarks: C, CON, CONS.


Zeno, 18 January - 17 November 474 and August 476 - 11 April 491 A.D.

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In 474, Zeno's oppressive rule resulted in a revolt which forced him to flee to Isauria. Verina, the widow of Leo I, claimed the Empire and installed her brother, Basiliscus, on the throne. The following year, Basiliscus was deposed and Zeno reclaimed the Empire. He didn't change and new rebellions were frequent. In 491 A.D., after a turbulent reign of seventeen years, he died. He was succeeded by Anastasius, who married his widow Ariadne.
SH93491. Gold solidus, Hunter V 8 (also 3rd officina), RIC X 910, DOCLR 631, Depeyrot 108/1, SRCV V 21514, Tolstoi 14, Ratto 279, VF, well centered on a broad flan, flow lines, bumps and marks, die wear, weight 4.435 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 2nd reign, Aug 476 - 9 Apr 491 A.D.; obverse D N ZENO PERP AVG, helmeted bust facing, pearl diademed, cuirassed, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with horseman riding down enemy; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG Γ (victory of the three emperors, 3rd officina), Victory standing left, long jeweled cross in right, star right, CONOB in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $700.00 SALE |PRICE| $630.00


Aelia Flaccilla, Augusta 19 January 379 - 386 A.D., Wife of Theodosius I

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The Christogram (also called a Monogramma Christi or Chrismon) is a ligature of Chi (X) and Rho (P), the first two letters of Christ in Greek. It was among the earliest symbols of Christianity. The crucifix was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because most people then had personally witnessed its gruesome use for public execution.
RL91441. Bronze maiorina, RIC IX Constantinopolis 55.2 (S), LRBC II 2149, SRCV V 20611, Cohen VIII 4, Hunter V 3 ff. var. (5th officina), gF, well centered, near black patina, red earthen deposits, scratches, weight 3.757 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLACCILLA AVG, diademed and draped bust right, hair in plait up back and top of head; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Victory seated right, inscribing Christogram on shield set on column, CONB in exergue; scarce; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Leo I, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.

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In 467, Vandal pirates raided, sacked and enslaved the people living in Illyricum, the Peloponnese and other parts of Greece. In 468, Leo spent 64,000 pounds of gold (more than a year's revenue and bringing Leo near to bankruptcy) to assemble a fleet of over 1,100 ships carrying 100,000 men. During peace negotiations the Vandal King Genseric used fire ships, filled with brushwood and pots of oil, to destroy 700 imperial galleys 45 miles from Carthage. The defeated General Basiliscus escaped back to Constantinople where he was forced to seek sanctuary in the church of Hagia Sophia to escape the wrath of the people. Leo I gave him an imperial pardon, but banished him for 3 years to Heraclea Sintica (Thrace).
RL91322. Bronze half centenionalis, cf. RIC X 674, LRBC II 2258, DOCLR 573, SRCV V 21457, Hunter V -, aF, oval flan with large split, weight 0.740 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse D N LEO P F AVG (or similar), pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse lion crouching left, head right, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; $40.00 SALE |PRICE| $36.00


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.

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In 395, Alaric the Visigoth, renounced Roman fealty and was declared king. The Visigoths, ending a 16-year period of peace with the Romans, devastated Thrace and Macedonia, imposed a tribute on Athens, and then turned their sights on the West. At the same time, the Huns invaded Armenia, Cappadocia and Syria.
RL92679. Bronze centenionalis, RIC X Arcadius 61, LRBC II 2206, SRCV V 21028, DOCLR 755 (no officina indicated), Cohen VIII 56, VF, dark patina with earthen highlighting, tight flan cutting off most of legends, reverse die wear, weight 3.185 g, maximum diameter 19.68 mm, die axis 30o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 395 - 401 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCITI (courage of the army), Emperor on left standing facing, head right, spear vertical in his right hand, left hand resting on grounded shield, Victory beside him on right, standing left and crowning him with wreath, palm frond in her left hand, CONSΓ in exergue; $28.00 SALE |PRICE| $25.20


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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On 11 May 330, Emperor Constantine the Great dedicated Constantinople, or Nova Roma (modern Istanbul), and moved the capitol of the Roman Empire there from Rome. He had spent 4 years building the city on the site of ancient Byzantium, having chosen the site for its strategic location (a seaport with easy access to Anatolia and the Danube).
RL92655. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Constantinople 27, SRCV V 17994, Cohen VII 102, LRBC I 1055 var. (no terminating dot rev), Hunter V 73 var. (officina), VF, well centered, earthen encrustations, scratches, edge cracks, weight 1.884 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 330 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, rosette diademed head right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVSē (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, one standard in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, CONSΓ in exergue; $18.00 SALE |PRICE| $16.20


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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The Roman poet Ovid tells the story of the Phoenix: 'Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind which reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived five hundred years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, or on the top of a palm tree. In this it collects cinnamon and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out its last breath amidst odors. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix issues forth, destined to live as long a life as its predecessor. When this has grown up and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle and its parent's sepulcher), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.'
RL88740. Bronze quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Constantinople 93 (S), LRBC II 2019, Voetter 36, SRCV V 18253, Cohen VII 57, Hunter V -, F, ragged flan, bumps and marks, earthen deposits, some legend weak, weight 2.498 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 348 - 351 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), radiate Phoenix standing right on globe, CONS[...] in exergue; $17.00 SALE |PRICE| $15.30


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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On 7 May 351, after Constantius Gallus arrived at Antioch, a Jewish revolt broke out in Palestine. In 352, Gallus sent his general (magister equitum) Ursicinus to put down the revolt. The rebels destroyed Diopolis and Tiberias. Diocesarea was razed to the ground. Ursicinus gave the order to kill thousands of Jews, even children. After the revolt, a permanent garrison was stationed in Galilee.
RL88758. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Constantinople 109, LRBC II 2030, SRCV V 18150, Cohen VII 44, aVF, dark green patina, oval flan, light scratches, earthen deposits, weight 3.906 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Mar 351 - 6 Nov 355 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, ∆ behind; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman wearing a Parthian cap, shield at feet, Γē left, CONS[...] in exergue; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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In 336, the first recorded customs tariff was in use in Palmyra.
RL88768. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 139 (R3), LRBC I 1028, SRCV V 17714, Cohen VII 92, F, dark green patina, oval flan, parts of legends weak, marks, porosity, weight 1.611 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 336 - 22 May 337 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, one standard in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, CONSΓ in exergue; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

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In 332, Constantine I and his son Constantine II, age 16, defeated the Goths in Moesia. The Goths agreed to become Roman allies and to protect the Danube frontier. Only two years later, in 334, the Goths on the Danube frontier prevented an invasion by the Vandals.
RL88808. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 60 (R2), LRBC I 1006, SRCV V 17338, Cohen VII 122, Hunter V -, F, dark patina, light marks and scratches, weight 2.070 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, 9th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 330 - 333 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, CONSΘ in exergue; scarce; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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On 15 March 351, Constantius II elevated his 25-year-old cousin Constantius Gallus to Caesar at Sirmium in Pannonia. He arranged a marriage with his sister Constantina and put Constantius Gallus in charge of the Eastern Roman Empire. Constantius II marched West with a large army (60,000 men) to fight against Magnus Magnentius.
RL88806. Bronze reduced maiorina, RIC VIII Constantinople 121, LRBC II 2043, SRCV V 18277, Cohen VII 45, Hunter V 84 var. (6th officina), VF, well centered, earthen deposits, scratches, ragged flan, weight 2.335 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, 11th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 351 - 355 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier standing left spearing fallen horseman, ? center left, CONSIA in exergue; $3.01 (Ä2.65)




  



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