Ancient Rome Constantine Follis Two Soldiers Gloria Exercitvs (Fakes are possible) 307AD to 337AD
Thanks, Alison, for your careful description. There is a lot of variability in ancient coins, so this might not be your coin precisely. However, there is a good possibility you have a follis from ancient Rome during the reign of Constantine I (the Great). The inscription on the back reads GLORIA EXERCITVS, or 'the glory of the army.' Two soldiers with spears face each other, with a single standard between them. Other coins have two standards between the soldiers.
It is amazing that these coins are plentiful. Typical values run like this:
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $45
well preserved: $80
Counterfeits exist. See, for instance, this page [Press Here].
, Genre: Ancient
Requested by: Alison peel, Sat, 17-Jan-2015 23:06:59 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 18-Jan-2015 02:39:58 GMT
Requester description: The designs are quite raised from the surface
head side: head in profile, man with a strong straight nose, curly short hair, but with two threads? coming from the area of his hairline on the back of his head. Scooped neck clothes/robes of some sort
Other side: two human figures standing on either side of some sort of totem pole/tower (or could be another figure. Both figures have their outer arm up with, possibly holding a spear; and the inner arm low, possibly holding a bow. The shapes of the figures look like they might have helmets on/soldier like I can hardly read them:
side with head: (guess at words) CONST II B?SP?AY
Other side (3 human figures or two figure and a tower/pole) can only make out an H E and V
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