Constantine the Great 307-337 AD AE16 Posthumous Revered Memory Cyzicus

Ancient Coins - Constantine the Great 307-337 AD AE16 Posthumous Revered Memory Cyzicus
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Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
 
RL92706. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Cyzicus p. 493, 46; LRBC I 1304; SRCV V 17470; Cohen VII 716; Hunter V -, aVF, dark patina, highlighting buff earthen deposits, centered on a tight flan, 1.468g, 15.0mm, 180o, 9th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, DV CONSTANTINVS P T AVGG (Divus Constantinus Pater Trium Augusti = Divine Constantine, father of the three emperors), veiled head right; reverse Constantine standing right, veiled, VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory) across field, SMKΘ in exergue
 
Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, `performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom.` It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337.
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