About this artwork
The portrait of Constantine on the front (obverse) of this coin is among the last in the history of Roman coinage, for increasingly the emphasis lay not on the individual person of the emperor but on the office. Constantine’s luminous eyes in this coin portrait were said by his contemporaries to reflect his divine inspiration. On the back (reverse) of the coin, Constantine rides to the left on horseback, raising his right arm, and carrying a scepter in his left.
- Ancient Roman
- Solidus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Constantine I
- Struck 324 CE–325 CE
- Obverse: CONSTANTINVS P F AVG (Pius et Felix - dutiful and happy) Reverse: AOVENTVS [sic] AVGVSTI N ; in exergue, SMAN* (mint mark signifying Sacra Moneta Antioch) "The coming of our Augustus"
- Diam. 1.9 cm; 4.48 g
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson