CONSTANTINE THE GREAT GOLD SOLIDUS – EXTREMELY RARE ISSUE FROM SISCIA – CHOICE AU STAR NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 13504)
ROMAN EMPIRE. CONSTANTINE I, AD 307-337
Gold Solidus, 4.62 g., 21 mm, minted at Siscia, ca. AD 335
Obv. CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Constantine right.
Rev. VICTORIA CONSTANTINI AVG, Victory seated on trophy inscribing VOT XXX on shield held up by a genius, SIS (for Siscia) in exergue.
RIC VII 242; Depeyrot 23/1.
Ex Leu 10, 1974, 411; Galerie des Monnaies 10 October 1977, 484 and Sotheby’s 6/1990, 867 (Hunt Collection Sale).
NGC graded CHOICE AU STAR, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, a rare variety with only 2 others specimens recorded in the market in the last 18 years. This emission, where Victory inscribes her shield with VOTA XXX (30th Public Acclamation) was designed to celebrate Constantine’s fast approaching 30 years of rule. Constantine initiated the process that lead to the Christian faith becoming the religion of the empire.