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Solidus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Constantine I

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Late 324-early 325, issued by Constantine I


Roman; minted in Antioch, Syria

About this artwork

The portrait of Constantine on the front (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. On the back (reverse) of the coin, Constantine rides to the left on horseback, raising his right arm, and carrying a scepter in his left.


On View, Gallery 153


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Solidus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Constantine I


Antioch (Minted in)

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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 (3/4 in.)

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Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

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