Constantine the Great Follis Money Clip

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  • Obverse: Constantine the Great
  • Reverse: "Sun God" Sol
  • Date: AD 310 - 317, Grade: Very Fine
  • Region: Roman Empire
  • Bronze Coin in 14k Gold Bezel on Sterling Silver Money Clip.
  • Money Clip Size: W 23mm X H 49mm, Framed Coin Size: 22mm Diameter, Weight 22.5g
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Constantine I became the Western Roman Emperor in 306. Although he earned his honorific of "The Great" from Christian historians long after he had died, he could have claimed the title on his military achievements and victories alone. He became the Emperor of the entire Roman Empire after defeating the Emperor Licinius in the east in 324 and ruled until his death in 337. Constantine is perhaps best known for being the first Christian Roman Emperor and his reign was certainly a turning point for the Christian Church. In 313, Constantine, son of St. Helena, announced toleration of Christianity in the Edict of Milan, which removed penalties for professing Christianity and returned confiscated Church property.
Constantine also transformed the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium into a new imperial residence, Constantinople, which would remain the capital of the Byzantine Empire and bastion of Christianity for over one thousand 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.
The reverse of this hand struck coin depicts Sol, the Sun God of the Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. Sol is shown radiant, while raising his right hand, commanding the sun to rise. He is holding a globe in his left hand with a chlamys across his shoulder.