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Medallion with head of Constantine I

about A.D. 326–327


Dimensions

Diameter: 36.5 mm. Weight: 17.76 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

1978.35

Medium or Technique

Silver (with traces of gilding)

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery of Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics , Medallions

Obverse: Head of Constantine, diademed, right, "heaven-gazing" type.
CONSTANTINVS AVG (left to lower right)
Reverse: Emperor or Mars-Virtus in full military costume to right, trophy over left shoulder, spear in right hand. He places his left foot in back of a seated "eastern" barbarian.
VIRTVSDN CONSTANTINIAVG
In exergue: SIS

Provenance

1942: Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (purchased in New York City and said to be from the Zichy Collection); January 11, 1978: gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA in honor of their daughter Emily D. B. Vermeule; January 11, 1978; reassigned to the Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Zoë Wilbour

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour