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Ancient Rome Constantine I Follis (Campgate) (Fakes are possible)  307AD to 337AD
Ancient Rome Constantine I Follis (Campgate) (Fakes are possible) 307AD to 337AD

According to Eusebius, Roman historian and Christian theologian, 'Constantine the Great was matched by none in grace and beauty of form, or in tallness, and so surpassing his contemporaries in personal strength that he struck terror into them.' The quote comes from (where else?) ConstantineTheGreatCoins.com, and CoinQuest appreciates the depth and scholarly work shown on that web site.

This coin comes from Constantine I (the Great), although similar coins can be found with his son (click here). The 'castle' reverse is known as a Roman campgate, and the full inscriptions read:

CONSTAN TINVS AVG
PROVIDEN TIAE AVGG

See also this page on eFollis.com for an interesting writeup on the campgate design itself.

Silver coins also carry similar patterns and are more valuable, but these copper coins generally catalog as follows:

worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $80

For a coin to have this value, it must be attractive to a collector. Different collectors will have different personal tastes in coins, but almost universally liked are a well centered strike, legible inscriptions, and an attractive patina. The patina is the color that the coin has taken over the centuries from exposure to the elements. Coins that have been harshly cleaned will be stripped of their patina, leaving shiny metal that will never look the same again.

The coin in our picture with its pleasingly smooth patina, fully centered strikes on both sides, and easily readable legends comes from Jean Elsen et ses Fils in Brussels, and CoinQuest thanks them for use of their image. But the secondary picture, with the yellow background, muddies the waters. It is a reproduction sold as a real coin. Such counterfeiting is always a problem in modern numismatics (coin collecting). If you are buying such material, deal only with people you trust. Thanks to ForumAncientCoins.com for the picture of the fake.

Coin: 15569 , Genre: Ancient
Requested by: James, Sat, 28-Sep-2013 09:46:12 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 30-Sep-2013 10:28:10 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 21-Sep-2015 02:06:56 GMT
Requester description: Donstan tinvsavc - on the head side Providen ****avcc Pta. Castle side None
Tags: ancient rome constantine i follis campgate fakes counterfeit anciet romana roman romen roma constantinopolis constantius constanter constantinus constantinvs constantia constabtine constantina replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery donstan constans tinvsavc tinvs head providen avcc avgg pta castle contans constan avg tiae avgcosiiipp aavg

  

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