Furryfrog02 Posted June 11, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted June 11, 2022 As most of you here already know, I love all things that represent Victory (or Nike if you feel like being a Philhellene). I am always trying to add to my collection of coins that represent her in all of her Victorious Glory. Most of the time she is busy flying left or right, or dragging captives, or inscribing her victories on a shield. Which made me say "When does she ever get a break!?!" You can't just go go go 24/7 in order to ensure that the Romans (or Greeks, Byzantines, and all the other cultures who co-opted your image ) are forever Victorious. Sometimes you just need to take a breather and have a seat. Have someone else build the trophy for once. Let the captives come to you. Thus, I present to you my newest Victory acquisition - A CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE follis of Constantine I . Victory has clearly had a long day of flying this way and that across the realm making sure that Judea, the Parthians, the Goths, perhaps a few usurpers, and whoever else may need to be put in their place, has been properly attended to as well as building the requisite trophies. Now she just wants to sit back with a glass of wine and let everyone come to her. Cue the CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE. In this case, Victory likely represents Constantine's victory over Licinius. She's tired and just wants to relax while the losers grovel for mercy at her feet. The trophy to her win is already built and she is just ready to be done with the day. Honestly, she doesn't even want to hear what the captives have to say. Constantine I AE follis Constantinople mint Obverse: CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG, rosette diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right Reverse: CONSTANTINI-ANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at feet. Officina letter Δ, in left field Mintmark CONS I was originally made aware of this Victory reverse by @Victor Clark posting an admittedly much nicer example somewhere else. I read through his page on the topic and have been on the lookout ever since. A few days ago, I threw a bit on a group of coins with the reverse in question and surprisingly won. They arrived in the mail today and I am excited to share with you all. The coin itself is a little rougher than I expected based on the seller's pictures but overall I am happy. The price was affordable for me and I am happy to add a new type of Victory to my collection. Please feel free to show off your CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE coins or other coins that show Victory doing what she does best. Thanks for looking! 28 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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