Ancient bronze coin of Constantine 1 possibly with a mint error..

Constantine's share of his Empire consisted of Britain, Gaul, and Spain, and he commanded one of the largest Roman armies.

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Constantine I was born in 272 AD in Naissus, now Serbia. He was the son of Constantius and his first wife Helen.

As Constantine became of age, he entered the military. Constantine joined his father Constantius, fighting claimants for emperor in Britain.

Constantius invaded Britain to regain the Britannic Empire back from Allectus to its closure in 325. During this time, the London mint was responsible for a vast output of Roman coinage.

Constantine’s share of his Empire consisted of Britain, Gaul, and Spain, and he commanded one of the largest Roman armies. He lived in Britain after his promotion as emperor.

Later, Constantine decided to work on the Greek city of Byzantium, renaming it Constantinopolis (Constantine’s City), or Constantinople.

After Constantine had taken Rome from the emperor Maxentius, all mints across the empire struck coins for him and his family.

The coinage of Constantine’s family comprise small bronze coins with simple designs. Coin types depicting inscribed gates, altars, & wreaths were struck at London until around the year AD 326. The patina on these ancient bronze coins is typically dark brown, and often some green.

Constantine’s main impact on history was his conversion to Christianity. Earlier his favourite pagan gods were Mars and Apollo, and worship of the Sun God Sol appealed to Constantine. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on his orders at the reported site of Jesus’ tomb in Jerusalem, became the holiest place in Christendom.

Constantine died on 22 May 337 AD.

The featured coin above is a Constantine I BI Nummus, London/Londinium Mint, circa AD 311-312. CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Sol, the Sun God standing left, wearing chlamys, with right hand raised, holding globe.

This coin is part of the Bourton on the Water hoard of Constantine period Roman coins.

Most interestingly, the coin does not have a star on the right.

Here is a fairly common, similar Constantine 1 coin, with a star on the right. The featured coin above could thus have a mint error.

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