Constantine I, Dafne reverse, Constantinople Mint, Rare 3!
Æ 3; 19mm/2.9gm Struck 328-9 AD
Con/ some loss of patina, otherwise, after final cleaning, Very Fine
Obv/ CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG; diad., dr. and cuir. bust right.
Rev/ CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE; Victory seated left on cippus, holding palm in each hand, trophy in front, and turning her head to right, spurning the kneeling captive at feet. Z in right field.
Constantinople Mint/ CONS* in exergue
Ref/ RIC Vol. VII, 38 (with Z in right field = Rare 3!)
Seller's Note/ Why is Victory spurning this captive, rejecting him with disdain and contempt? After defeating his last rival Licinius in 324 AD, Constantine now was flexing his military muscles, having just thrashed the Sarmatians and building a new fortress at Daphne along the Danube frontier. FYI - Daphne was a Roman fortification inaugurated in 327 AD, on the left bank of the Danube, across Transmarisca, in the delta of the Arges river.