Constantine I; AE3 Ticinum; Victories flanking altar
Description: Constantine I (306-337 AD). AE3 Ticinum mint 318-319 AD. IMP CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG; laureate, helmeted and cuirassed bust right / VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories standing facing, together holding shield inscribed VOT PR in two lines on altar embossed with cross, PT in ex.
Diameter: AE17 mm
Weight: 3.6 g
Attribution: RIC 87
Commentary: rare with the cross; dark patina, nice details, minor encrustations
History: There's still some debate going on if the first crosses on Constantinian coinage were only ornamental, but the timing and location on the flan seems to prove their religious meaning.
Article Number: 043-01-01-44070