FORVM V. Rare gVF Constantine the Great 1/4 Follis SAPIENTIA (wisdom) PRINCIPIS

Ancient Coins - FORVM V. Rare gVF Constantine the Great 1/4 Follis SAPIENTIA (wisdom) PRINCIPIS
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Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
 
SH87288. Bronze quarter follis, RIC VII Rome 16 (R3); SRCV IV 16164, Cohen VII 485, gVF, well centered, nice portrait, some reverse legend weak, edge cracks, some minor porosity, 0.875g, 14.2mm, 180o, Rome mint, IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, bare head right; reverse SAPIENTIA PRINCIPIS (wisdom of the prince), owl atop an altar, spear resting diagonal across the front of the altar, round shield lower left, helmet lower right, R[...] (officina obscure) in exergue ; very rare
 
The Romans built temples and struck many coin types for valor, hope, health, fidelity, harmony, honor, peace, victory, and security, and rendered peculiar devotion to the fickle divinity of fortune; yet to the preeminent virtue Sapientia (wisdom), no altar was raised, no acknowledgment of tutelary influence offered, until the time of Licinius and Constantine. Wisdom, the sovereign mistress of human existence and advancement, in the all the mintage of Rome, was recognize only by this tiny issue of the joint emperors.
Price SKU: SH87288
US$ 276.00
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