Coins from an epic epoch: the Age of Constantine
With its soaring architecture, colorful mosques, and layers of culture, a journey through the old cobblestone streets of Istanbul will take your breath away. For this place where East meets West, we have one person to thank:
Constantine the Great.
In A.D. 330, the Roman emperor founded this city as Constantinople on what was then a sleepy little town known as Byzantium. The city would become the largest and wealthiest in Europe, serving as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. Emperor Constantine’s acceptance of Christianity as a state religion and his establishment of an eastern capital city mark his rule as a significant pivoting point between ancient history and the Middle Ages.
Famed for its massive and complex defenses, this magical “Queen of the Cities” was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire for more than 1,000 years. It became the home of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and guarded Christendom’s holiest relics, including the crown of thorns and the True Cross. Today, it still hosts the Hagia Sophia, built as the cathedral of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
In the period just after Constantinople’s founding, Constantine issued a bronze coin to dedicate his namesake city. It’s this coin, dating back to A.D. 330-340, that Stauer now offers to you.
Offered in an authenticated gradation of “very fine,” one side of the coin shows a helmeted goddess resembling Minerva as a personification of the city. The other shows the winged goddess Victory with her foot on the prow of a ship, symbolizing the city’s importance as a maritime location.
Own your own piece of antiquity. Get the Constantinople Coin and write your way into the history books.
- Year-AD 330-346
- Very fine grade
- Coin 100% bronze
- approx. total weight 44g
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