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Constantine the Great, centenionalis

This base metal Roman coin is roughly 20mm in diameter but is shown greatly enlarged. It was found only recently by Damon Ward, who asked for it to be identified.

Damon’s find is a centenionalis of Constantine the Great. On the obverse is a helmeted and cuirassed bust of the emperor and a legend reading CONSTANTINVS AVG. On the reverse two captives are seated back to back at the base of a trophy; which is flanked by T F. The legend on this side reads VIRTVS EXERCIT and the mint letters in the exergue (STR) stand for Trier. In volume IV of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values coins of this type are listed as number 16313 and dated to AD 320-21.


This find would grade VF but the edge is chipped. The catalogue price for VF examples is £15 but this figure is somewhat optimistic for what is a fairly common Roman coin. I’d suggest that in its present condition the best price this specimen would be likely to achieve would be £5.

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