Roman Imperial coin, bronze, AE 3. Struck during the reign of Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus (Constantine I, or Constantine the Great) in Treveri (Trier), 322 C.E. The helmeted and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "CONSTANTINVS AVG" left and right of image. On reverse, an altar with a globe and three stars are depicted with the inscriptions "VOTIS XX" center, "BEATA TRANQUILLITAS" left and right of image, and "PTR" in the exergum. Obverse and reverse slightly damaged and faded rendering the images and inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date: 322 C.E.
Remarks: "Beata Tranquillitas" translates to blessed or happy tranquility, advertising that Constantine has completed his vows (prayers) to achieve 20 years of successful rule. Constantine's coins were minted in London, Treveri, Lugdunum, Arelate, Ticinum, Aquileia, Rome, Ostia, Carthage, Siscia, Sirmium, Serdica, Thessalonica, Heraclea, Constantinople, Nicomedia, Cyzicus, Antioch, Alexandria.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol IV, 2011), #16173, pg 473;Seth William Stevenson, A Dictionary of Roman Coins (1889), p. 125.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Germany/Trier|