- 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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