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Contributor: Classical Numismatic Group.
Issuer: CONSTANTINE I "the Great", AD 306-337. AE Follis (3.54 gm). Struck 310-313 AD.
Obverse: CONSTANTINVS P.F. AVG., his laureate and cuirassed bust facing right.
Reverse: SOLI INVICO COMITI, radiate, draped bust of Sol facing right.
Reference: RIC VI 893 Trier, but probably struck at Ticinium. Grade: VF.
Comments: For more information, read the "Constantine I" entry from De Imperatoribus Romanis.
For recent scholarship on the family of Constantine see TOCS-IN; for book reviews, see Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews.
Note from CNG: "In RIC, Sutherland and Carson attributed all coins of this type to the mint at Trier, stating that 'the portrait style is indubitably that of Trier' (RIC VI, pg. 162). However, in the opinion of this cataloguer, the difference in bust styles is so blatant that it precludes a single mint theory. In fact, from the many examples handled, it would appear that most western mints struck this unmarked issue."