LICINIUS GOLD AUREUS – STRUCK IN AD 312 AROUND TIME OF THE BATTLE OF MILVIAN BRIDGE – VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 16335)
ROMAN EMPIRE. LICINIUS I, AD 308-324.
Gold aureus, 4.29 g, 17 mm, minted at Rome, ca. AD 312.
Obv. LICINIVS P F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right.
Rev. VICTORIA CON S TANTINI AVG, Victory marching left, holding wreath a palm, captive seated at her feet, PR in exergue.
RIC 285c (this coin cited), Depeyrot 17/11 (this coin cited)
Ex Fanz Trau Collection, Gilhofer & Ranschburg, 5/22/1935, lot 3778.
NGC graded VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, “slight bend”, “edge marks”, Trau provenance noted on label. This coin was likely struck just before or after the Battle of the Milvian Bridge when Constantine defeated Maxentius and consolidated his power. It was also the following year, in AD 313, when Constantine and Licinius jointly issued the Edict of Milan that recognized Christianity as a formal religion, assuring Christians the freedom to gather and worship without fear of persecution.