Lisa Dahlen Designs

Constantine the Great Commemorative Coin 307-337 AD (109)

$250.00

Description

Small ancient bronze coin with a rich desert patina.  The Emperor Constantine driving a quadriga (4 horse chariot).  On the back of the pendant, is the veiled profile of Constantine.

One of a kind with Certificate of Authenticity.

Chain is available separately.  See Chains

Size and Materials

Dated: 307-348 AD

Bronze coin with desert patina is 16mm in a hand fabricated sterling silver mount.

 Story

"Hand of God", "Manus Dei", commemorative coins struck after Constantine I the Great's death (337 AD), the first depiction of a Christian deity on a coin. Constantine driving a quadriga (four horse chariot); as Constantine reaches up, the Hand of God reaches down to bring him into heaven. The obverse, front, of the coin is an image of the veiled Constantine.

In a historical decision in 312 AD, Constantine decides that his army shall wear a Christian symbol on their shields.  He wins the battle of the Milvian Bridge and attributes his success to his alliance with the Christian god.  

Desert patina is formed in a very dry, desert climate.  The tan areas are lightly cemented on light tan dust and desert sand.  It has a lovely esthetic appeal.  It takes skillful cleaning of the coin to remove the cemented dust while leaving just enough to create dramatic highlights that emphasize the beauty of the artwork.

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