Bronze Coin - AE 3 (Centenionalis), Ancient Rome, c. 307 - 337 AD
Ruler: Constantine the Great
Obv: Laureate bust of Constantine, right
Rev: Votive Issue with "VOT XX" in wreath
Mint: Thessalonica, struck 320-324 AD
Sear-R16221, 18mm, 3.14gm
Constantine the Great, also known as Constantine I or Saint Constantine, was Roman Emperor from 306 to 337. Constantine was the son of Flavius Valerius Constantius, a Roman army officer, and his consort Helena. His father became Caesar, the deputy emperor in the west in 293. Constantine was sent east, where he rose through the ranks to become a military tribune under the emperors Diocletian and Galerius. In 305, Constantius was raised to the rank of Augustus, senior western emperor, and Constantine was recalled west to campaign under his father in Britannia.
Acclaimed as emperor by the army after his father's death in 306, Constantine emerged victorious in a series of civil wars against the emperors Maxentius and Licinius to become sole ruler of both west and east by 324.