Constantine I Bronze Follis Pendant with Silver Frame

$183.05

A Constantine the Great bronze follis pendant featuring a follis coin set in a modern silver frame, with a loop attached at the top for suspension. The frame displays a London hallmark, hand crafted by a Hatton garden jeweller. The front of the pendant features the coin’s obverse, which depicts the helmeted cuirassed bust of Constantine facing right. The original Latin legend reading CONST – ANTINVS AVG is still visible around the edges of the coin. The reverse displays a military standard inscribed with the letters VOT XX arranged in two lines. Two captives are seen sitting below the standard, both facing left with their hands tied behind their back. The inscription VIRTVS EXERCIT fills the field around the image, whilst the letters PT are written at the base of the coin indicating the mintmark.

Please note, the chain is for reference only, we do have chains available upon enquiry.

Date: AD 319 - 320
Condition: Fine condition.

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Constantine I, also known as Constantine the Great, was a Roman emperor who ruled from AD 306 to 337. During his reign he reformed many aspects of the Empire, 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, and with the signing of the Edict of Milan in AD 313, he allowed for tolerance for the religion within the Empire.

Weight 5.2 g
Dimensions W 2.1 x H 3 cm
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Roman Emperors

Reference: For a similar coin with different mintmark, please see The British Museum, item B.187

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