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Constantine I 307-337 AD. Æ Follis (2.97 gm). Struck 337 AD. Constantinople mint.

CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG, laureate head right
SPES PVBLICA across field, labarum, with three medallions on drapery and crowned by a christogram, spearing serpent. CONS in exergue.


According to RIC, this famous reverse type represents the defeat of tyranny by the death of Licinius. Yet, the scene also has powerful Christian imagery in that it allegorically portrays the power of Christianity over evil.

Coin from CNG coins, through Wildwinds. Used with permission.

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