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Centenionalis of Constantine the Great

This Roman coin was unearthed by Anthony Hopkinson last weekend. It’s made of bronze, is small in size (19mm in diameter) and it the sort of coin that usually turns up in worn condition. This specimen could be said to be unusual, for it is in really outstanding condition. Anthony asked if I could let him have a full ID.

The coin is a centenionalis of Constantine the Great, whose dates are AD 307 to 337. On the obverse is a laureate bust of Constantine, who is depicted holding a small eagle-headed sceptre. On the reverse is an altar inscribed with VO TIS XX, above which is a globe under three stars. The legend reads BEATA TRANQVILLITAS and the below the altar are the mint letters for Trier (STR).

In volume IV of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values this type of centenionalis is listed as number16177. They were struck during AD 322-23.

The edge on this specimen looks to be slightly chipped on the obverse but the coin is otherwise in good VF to EF condition. Even though it’s not a scarce coin, examples rarely come in better condition than this one.

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