501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 40 Medal of Emperor Constantine The Great, Staatliche Münzsammlung (Museum), Munich, Germany.

This issue was minted in 315 CE for the occasion of the celebration of Constantine’s tenth anniversary as emperor. The medals would have been presented as gifts to his officers and soldiers.

On the obverse side of this rare silver medallion, Constantine is shown wearing a helmet with an impressive plume (possibly peacocks’ feathers), and a Chi Rho monogram on its front. With one hand, he holds the reigns of the horse, and with the other he grasps a round shield and sceptre. Interestingly, the shield is decorated with the she-wolf with Romulus and Remus suckling beneath.

The reverse depicts Constantine standing on a podium, with the goddess of victory preparing to place a wreath on his head, to hail him as a victorious military commander. Below Constantine’s podium, his soldiers stand alongside their horses, witnessing the occasion.

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