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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 718

Constantine I. AD 307/310-337. AV Solidus (19mm, 4.47 g, 6h). Treveri (Trier) mint. Struck AD 313.

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 718.
 Estimated: $ 10 000

Roman Imperial, Gold

Sold For $ 11 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Constantine I. AD 307/310-337. AV Solidus (19mm, 4.47 g, 6h). Treveri (Trier) mint. Struck AD 313. CONSTANTI NVS P F AVG, laureate head right / VICTOR OMN IVM GENTIVM, Constantine I standing left, holding signum in right hand and shield in left set on ground to right; to left, two suppliants kneeling right, raising hands; to right, a captive seated facing, head left; PTR. RIC VII 27; Alföldi 655; Depeyrot 19/1; Biaggi –; Mazzini 574. In NGC encapsulation 4278590-003, graded AU, Strike: 5/5, Surface: 4/5.

Following his defeat of Maxentius in AD 312, Constantine I was not only consolidating his position as emperor of the western portion of the Roman Empire, but also preparing to deal with his eastern imperial rival, Licinius I. Moving north from Arelate in AD 313, Constantine campaigned along the Rhine frontier until the autumn of AD 314, when he wintered in his capital at Trier to celebrate his victories and await his anticipated decennalia. Thus, the more immediate reference marked by this reverse was to the emperor’s success against omnium gentium (i.e. barbarum). Eusebius (Laus Constantini IX), while using this same phrase in praising the emperor, applied the term in a broader context. No longer did the omnium gentium apply only to those Germanic tribes against whom Constantine had been fighting - now the implied concept of barbarum could be extended to include those “enemies of the state” (hostium) who sought to undermine the social, political, or religious structure and harmony of the empire.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 115 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 16-17 September 2020. This lot is in Session 3, which begins 17 September 2020 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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