About this artwork
Obverse: Head of Constantine right, laureate
Reverse: Constantine rides left on horseback, raises right arm, carries scepter in left
The portrait of Constantine on the obverse of this coin is among the last in the history of Roman coinage, for increasingly the emphasis lay not on the individual person of the emperor but on the office. Constantine’s luminous eyes in this coin portrait were said by his contemporaries to reflect his divine inspiration.
- Ancient Roman
- Solidus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Constantine I
- Struck 324 CE–325 CE
- Obverse: CONSTANTINVS P F AVG (Pius et Felix - dutiful and happy) Reverse: AOVENTVS [sic] AVGVSTI N ; in exergue, SMAN* (mint mark signifying Sacra Moneta Antioch) "The coming of our Augustus"
- Diam. 1.9 cm; 4.48 g
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson