ROMAN CONSTANTIUS II COIN
PENDANT WITH RARE GREEN PATINA IN
337 - 361
highly-prized rich green patina and superb detail, this is a
beautiful ancient Roman coin from the early Christian days
of the Roman Empire. The color of this patina is considered the
finest and most valuable but even more, the detail is so fine and crisp
that both prized features are present making for a top choice in a Roman
coin necklace. This gem of a coin features the profile of Constantius II, a son of Constantine the Great, the first ruler of
the Roman Empire to convert to Christianity.
Constantine the Great was
encamped with his army at the Milvian Bridge, heavily outnumbered by the
armies of his challenger Maxentius, across the river. While
Constantine prayed to one of his gods, he and many of his army troops who
were with him, reported seeing a vision in the heavens above the sun of a
trophy with a cross at its top and light surrounding it.
Simultaneously, they all heard a voice say, "Conquer by
Constantine placed the sign of Christ on his standards and had it painted
on his shields. Constantine won the day with a decisive victory and
Maxentius, thrown from the Milvian Bridge, was drowned when the weight of
his armor caused him to sink into the mud and ooze at the bottom of the
River Tiber. His body was recovered the day after the battle.
From this point on, Christianity became the official religion of the
Empire and the capitol was moved from Rome to Constantinople (modern day
Upon the death of
Constantine the Great in 337 A.D., the Empire was divided among his three
sons. The eldest son, Constantine II, took most of the Western
Europe, the second son, Constantius II, received the entire Eastern Empire
and the youngest ruled Italy and North Africa under the regency of
A wonderful and important artifact from this ancient
diameter is 19 mm.
shown with optional CHAIN
C, not included