Constantine I, also known as Constantine the Great, was a Roman emperor who ruled from 306 to 337 AD. During his reign he reformed many aspects including the structure of the government in which he separated the civil and military powers. Constantine improved inflation with the creation of a new gold coin named Solidus and was successful with the Roman frontiers. He was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity allowing the religion along with other cults to be legalised in Rome. A common theme on coins was to display favoured deities on the reverse. Sol Invictus, the unconquerable sun, was a popular deity worshiped during the time of Constantine and was depicted on many of his coins. Supposedly, he had also erected a large statue of Sol, stolen from the temple in Heliopolis, in the forum of Constantinople. He had the head changed to resemble himself and forced citizens to worship the sculpture.
Selection of Constantine I Bronze Folles
A selection of Constantine I AE Follis. The obverse features a laureate cuirassed bust facing right with the name CONSTANTINVS. The reverse displays the deity Sol, facing left, with a radiate crown and a chlamys draped over his left shoulder. He is holding a globe in his left hand while his right hand is raised upwards with the legend SOLI INV-IC-TO COMITI and the London mintmark PLN written underneath.
Condition: Excellent condition.