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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.

Anastasius I, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.

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BZ87655. Bronze nummus, DOC I 15, Wroth BMC 59, Morrison BnF 1/Cp/AE/01, Hahn MIB 40, SBCV 13, LRBC II 2288, Sommer 1.9, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, VF, undersize flan typical of the type, porosity, weight 0.689 g, maximum diameter 9.0 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 491 - 498 A.D.; obverse diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse monogram of Anastasius ; $190.00 (Ä161.50)

Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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VN - MR in the reverse field abbreviates venerabilis memoria, revered memory.
RL88950. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Constantinople 75 (R), LRBC I 1070, Voetter 21, SRCV V 17468, Cohen VII 716, Hunter V -, VF, oval flan, small edge cracks, weight 1.204 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, 8th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, posthumous, late 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, veiled bust right; reverse Constantine standing right, veiled, VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory) divided across field, star right, CONSH in exergue; rare; $120.00 (Ä102.00)

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

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The cross was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because it symbolized a purposely painful and gruesome method of public execution that most early Christians would have personally witnessed. In 315, Constantine abolished crucifixion as punishment in the Roman Empire. The Ichthys, or fish symbol, was used by early Christians. Constantine adopted the Chi-Rho Christ monogram (Christogram) as his banner (labarum). The use of a cross as the most prevalent symbol of Christianity probably gained momentum after Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, traveled to the Holy Land, c. 326 - 328, and recovered the True Cross.
RL88883. Bronze maiorina, RIC IX Constantinopolis 82.2 (S), LRBC II 2174, SRCV V 20618, Cohen VIII 6, Hunter V 7 var. (staurogram vice cross), VF, dark green patina, weight 5.872 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLACCILLA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), empress standing facing, head right, cross right, arms folded on breast, CONSE in exergue; scarce; $100.00 (Ä85.00)


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