Constantinus or Constantine the Great was Roman emperor from 306 to 337 AD. He was one of the most significant Roman emperors given that he was the first to convert to Christianity thus further disseminating Christianity throughout the Empire. The period of Constantine’s reign was the period of the decline of the Roman empire proper which was cause for Constantine to found the new imperial residence at Byzantium forming what would be known as the Byzantine empire. Byzantium was renamed Constantinople which would be the capital of the empire for over 1000 years. As well as introducing the solidus, Constantine also produced special commemorative coins in 330 to commemorate the founding of the city.

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