Constantine the Great (306-337AD) Urbs Roma Wolf & Twins Bronze Coin Fine

Constantine the Great (306-337AD) Urbs Roma Wolf & Twins Bronze Coin Fine

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The Wolf & Twins Bronze - issued from 330AD in the name of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great - is among the world's most famous coin types. Defined by huge historical significance, rich symbolism and intriguing beauty, the tremendous affordability of the Wolf & Twins Bronze means that it is a coin type that everyone can enjoy.

Struck as part of the celebrations of the creation of a new capital for the Empire, at Constantinople, the Wolf & Twins Bronze was more than a simple commemorative coin. It represented an astute political statement from a wise ruler.

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Constantine was aware that his plan to shift the seat of government from Rome to the new city of Constantinople could be perceived as a blow to the prestige of the people of the Empire's original capital city. Thus, attempting to defuse any potential upheaval, the Wolf & Twins Bronze was created as a powerful celebration of the glory of Rome, effectively asserting that Constantinople was a continuation of Rome's greatness, rather than its replacement.

Handed out at the consecration ceremony of Constantinople in 330AD, the designs chosen for this coin were specifically intended to swell Roman pride. Unusually, the Emperor's portrait did not appear on the coin, but rather the bust of Roma - the Goddess of Rome. The reverse of the coin is distinguished by one of the most recognisable motifs in the history of coinage - the Wolf & Twins design from which the type takes its name. Skillfully utilising history to impress the people of the Empire's original capital, the design portrays the city's mythical founders, Romulus and Remus, being suckled by the she-wolf. Although it is impossible to say whether or not the coin played a significant role in the smooth transition of Imperial power from Rome in the west to Constantinople in the east, tapping into such powerful Roman history was a brilliant move from Constantine.

Given the importance, the history and remarkable affordability of this near 1,700-year-old Roman coin, the Constantine the Great Wolf & Twins Bronze is simply a must-have for all collectors, regardless of your traditional interest. Graded Fine, and astonishingly good value at our price, take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to hold the history of the Roman Empire in your hands.

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Country of IssueItaly
Year of Issue306-337AD
Diameter (mm)18.00
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