Constantine the Great 307-337 AE16 Posthumous Revered Memory Alexandria

Ancient Coins - Constantine the Great 307-337 AE16 Posthumous Revered Memory Alexandria
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Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
 
RL92700. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V p. 284, 13 (also 3rd officina); RIC VIII Alexandria p. 541, 32; LRBC I 1473; SRCV V 17473; Cohen VII 716, aVF, dark patina, earthen deposits, tiny edge splits, 1.506g, 15.9mm, 180o, 3rd officina, Alexandria mint, DV CONSTANTINVS P T AVGG (Divus Constantinus Pater Trium Augusti = Divine Constantine, father of the three emperors), veiled bust right; reverse VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory), Constantine standing slightly right, togate, veiled head right, SMALΓ 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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