Ancient Coin: Founder of Istanbul, Roman Emperor Constantine I "The Great"

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  • By circa 330 A.D., Constantine the Great completed his new capital for the Roman empire called Constantinople.
  • For this momentous occasion, he issued two commemorative coin types, one celebrating Rome and the other Constantinople.
  • The type that commemorated Rome had the personification of Rome, Roma with the inscription VRBS ROMA and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus on the reverse suckling the she-wolf.
  • The type that commemorated Constantinople had the personification of Constantinople on the obverse and Victory on a galley sailing with a shield.
  • This was a great way for Constantine the Great to pay homage to both Rome and Constantinople.


Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - 
Founding of New Roman Capital - CONSTANTINOPLE Commemorative - 
Bronze AE4 16mm (2.68 grams) Treveri (Trier) mint  332-333 A.D.
Reference: RIC 548, C 21
CONSTANTINOPLIS - Constantinopolis helmeted, laureate bust left, holding scepter over shoulder. 
No legend  Exe: TR.P- Victory standing left, stepping on galley prow, cradling scepter and resting 
hand on shield. 

* Numismatic Note: Commemorates founding of Constantinople as new 
Roman capital by Constantine I the Great.

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