Constantine I the Great (AD 307-337). AE3. SPES-PVBLIC. Extremely Rare. NGC Choice VF.
Constantine I the Great (AD 307-337). AE3 or BI nummus. 18 mm. 3.04 gm. NGC Choice VF 5/5 – 2/5, scratches. Constantinople, AD 327. Obv: CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG, laureate head of Constantine I right. Rev: SPES-PVBLIC/A, labarum with three medallions on banner, surmounted by Christogram, spearing serpent; CONS below. RIC VII 19. One of the rarest and most sought after reverses of the entire Late Roman series. The most iconic bronze coin of the Constantine Era, much has been written about the symbolism on the reverse. One hypothesis being the three medallions on the banner representing the three remaining sons of Constantine the Great – Constantine II, Constantius II and Constans – Crispus being executed by the time this coin was minted, and the Christogram labarum piercing the serpent as a message of the triumph of God over Satan and the stability of the Christian emperor and his three sons leading the empire against all enemies.
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