Description:Among all the ancient coins of the Roman Empire, there is one legendary bronze that literally bears the “Hand of God.” When Emperor Constantine the Great died in AD 337, this Roman bronze coin was struck in his honor in the city of Cyzicus, which was located in present-day Northwestern Turkey along the Sea of Marmara. This coin shows Constantine wearing a customary burial shroud, while he is being flown up to Heaven in a Roman quadriga (four horse chariot). The right Hand of God “Manus Dei” is coming down from Heaven to welcome the great Emperor. This is among the first known ancient coins that depict the Christian God.
Constantine earned his honorific "The Great" from Christian historians long after he had died, although he could have claimed the title on his military victories alone. He is perhaps best known for being the first Christian Roman Emperor. In 313 Constantine, son of St. Helena, announced toleration of Christianity in the Edict of Milan. This removed penalties for professing Christianity and returned confiscated Church property. He also founded Constantinople, which would remain the capital of the Byzantine Empire and bastion of Christianity for over 1,000 years. Throughout his rule, Constantine supported the Church financially and built various basilicas, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Old Saint Peter's Basilica.