Roman Imperial coin, bronze, AE 3/4. Struck in commemoration of Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus (Constantine I, or Constantine the Great) in Rome, 330-346 C.E. The helmeted bust of Roma, the goddess and personification of Rome, wears an imperial mantle and faces left with the inscriptions "VRBS ROMA" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of a she-wolf is suckling Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers of Rome's foundation myth, faces left with the inscriptions "RP" in the exergum. Obverse and reverse images and inscriptions based on Sear reference; coin irregularly shaped and badly damaged rendering the images and inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date range: 330-346 C.E.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol IV, 2011), pgs 503-506. (All types are worth around $13-15)
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|