Constantine the Great 307-337 AD, AE follis Rome 320 / EROS mintmark

Ancient Coins - Constantine the Great 307-337 AD, AE follis Rome 320 / EROS mintmark
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Constantine the Great 307-337 AD, AE follis Rome 320
CONSTANTINVS AVG; Helmeted and cuir. bust r.
ROMAE AETERNAE; Roma std.l., holding shield on knees inscribed X/V
RIC 194; 2.82g; 19.9mm; obv. gF, flan flaw, rev. aVF

Note 1: This coin is from an old Dutch collection and comes with a collector's `ticket´ dated 1880.

Note 2: This is a coin with the famous eros mintmark in the exergue. To the left and to the right the letters R and T stand for officina tertia Romae the third workshop of Rome. The word Eros is written in Greek, with the letters epsilon, rho and omega in a ligature. There was probably a pun intended: Eros translates into Latin as Amor, and Amor is an anagram for Roma. The wordplay Amor-Roma is known from the temple of Venus and Roma, which had these words written on the walls, and from a pun in Virgil's Aenid.

Price SKU: TF20
55.00
  • US$ 65.16
  • £ 48.95
  • AUD 85.43
  • CHF 63.87
  • CAD 82.63

Rates for: 11/23/17

Ships from: Netherlands
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