Constantine I Great AE20 / Two Victories Ancient Coin

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Constantine I Great AE20 / Two Victories Ancient Coin

Authentic ancient Roman coin
Constantine the Great AE 20 mm. 318-319 AD.
Obverse: IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate, helmeted & cuirassed bust right
Reverse: VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two victories facing each other, holding shield inscribed VOT/PR over altar, epsilon SIS in ex.
Weight: 2.9 gm
Diameter: 20 mm
Ref: RIC VII Siscia 54, rated R3

Caesar Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus (27 February c. 272 - 22 May 337), commonly known in English as Constantine I , Constantine the Great , or (among Eastern Orthodox , Oriental Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic Christians) Saint Constantine , was Roman emperor from 306, and the sole holder of that office from 324 until his death in 337. Best known for being the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine reversed the persecutions of his predecessor, Diocletian , and issued (with his co-emperor Licinius ) the Edict of Milan in 313, which proclaimed religious tolerance throughout the empire. The Byzantine liturgical calendar, observed by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches of Byzantine rite , lists both Constantine and his mother Helena as saints. Although he is not included in the Latin Church's list of saints, which does recognize several other Constantines as saints, he is revered under the title "The Great" for his contributions to Christianity .

Constantine also transformed the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium into a new imperial residence, Constantinople , which would remain the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire for over one thousand years.

Although he earned his honorific of "The Great" from Christian historians long after he had died, he could have claimed the title on his military achievements and victories alone. Besides reuniting the Empire under one emperor, Constantine won major victories over the Franks and Alamanni in 306-8, the Franks again in 313-14, the Visigoths in 332 and the Sarmatians in 334. By 336, Constantine had reoccupied most of the long-lost province of Dacia , which Aurelian had been forced to abandon in 271. At the time of his death, he was planning a great expedition to end raids on the eastern provinces from the Persian Empire.

The Byzantine Empire considered Constantine its founder and the Holy Roman Empire reckoned him among the venerable figures of its tradition. In the later Byzantine state, it had become a great honor for an emperor to be hailed as a "new Constantine". Ten emperors, including the last emperor of Byzantium, carried the name. Monumental Constantinian forms were used at the court of Charlemagne to suggest that he was Constantine's successor and equal. Constantine acquired a mythic role as a warrior against "heathens". The motif of the Romanesque equestrian, the mounted figure in the posture of a triumphant Roman emperor, became a visual metaphor in statuary in praise of local benefactors. The name "Constantine" itself enjoyed renewed popularity in western France in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

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