CONSTANTINE I GOLD AUREUS – EXTREMELY RARE ISSUE FROM THE SERDICA MINT – MINT STATE NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 15729)
ROMAN EMPIRE. CONSTANTINE I, AD 307-337.
Gold aureus, 5.28 g., 21 mm, minted at Serdica, ca. AD 313.
Obv. CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate head right.
Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory who offers him a wreath, eagle with wreath at his feet, N in right field, •SER• in exergue.
Cohen –; Alföldi 235; RIC –, but cf RIC 45 for a variety with control letter; Depeyrot 7/1; RIC VII 2; Alföldi –; Depeyrot 11/1; Calicó, 5174 = Biaggi 1979.
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, “brushed”, extremely rare emission from the short-lived issues of Serdica. In the massive RIC volume, there are only 4 listings for the coinage struck by Licinius for himself and Constantine at Serdica. Of these, only RIC 2 and 4 are issues for Constantine, making this part of the very small coinage struck for the emperor in this city.