Ancient Roman Coin Jewelry ca. AD 334 Bust of Constantinopolis; Victory Angle Reverse; Great Patina
This is an ancient bronze coin with a nice strike and surface, attractive desert patina, struck to commemorate the new city of Constantinopolis in about AD 334 . Scare mint mark on this coin. Set in a sterling silver screwed in removeable bezel with a decent gage sterling silver men's or lady's 18" chain. Total weight appx 8.7 grams; coin appx 18mm in diameter.
On 11 May 330, Constantine I refounded Byzantium, renamed it Constantinopolis after himself, and moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to his new city. The new capital was Christian, old gods and traditions were either replaced or assimilated into a framework of Christian symbolism. Constantine built the new Church of the Holy Apostles on the site of a temple to Aphrodite. Generations later there was the story that a divine vision led Constantine to this spot. The capital would often be compared to the 'old' Rome as Nova Roma Constantinopolitana, the "New Rome of Constantinople." Special commemorative coins were issued with types for both Rome and Constantinople to advertise the importance of the new capital.