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Christogram

The Christogram is a monogram that exists in several variants. It is composed of the two Greek letter "chi" and "rho" that are the first two letters in the Greek "Christos" or "Christ." Its Christian origin dates to the Battle of the Milvian bridge in 312 where Constantine was reported to have seen this symbol in a vision prior to the battle. He then added it to his standards and shields to assure his victory. It subsequently began appearing on coins for Constantine and his successors.

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Magnentius, 350-353 A.D.

AE Double Maiorina, 8.91g. 28mm. Trier mint. D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG. Draped and cuirassed bust of Magnentius to right. Rev. SALVS DD NN AVG ET CAES. ; TRP in exergue. Large christogram flanked by "alpha"- "omega" RIC 318. Brown and green patina.

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Extremely Fine $1,200.00
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Magentius, 350-353 A.D.

AE Follis or Maiorina, 5.29g. 22mm. Trier mint.  IM CAE MAGNENTIVS AVG. Draped and cuirassed bust of Magnentius to right.  Rev. FELICITAS REIPVBLICAE; A in field to right; TRP in exergue.   Emperor standing to left holding Victory and labarum emblazoned with a Christogram. RIC VIII,264. Bastien 24. Attractive brown patina and nearly as struck. 

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Mülller, Solingen, Auction 117, 2016, lot 559.

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Extremely Fine $750.00
Ostrogoths, Municipal Coinage of Rome

AE 20 Nummi, 4.40g. 20mm. Rome, c.493-553 A.D. INVICTA ROMA. Helmeted and draped bust of Roma to right. Rv. She-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus christogram and two stars above; XX in exergue. Metlich 84b. MIB I, 71c. Kraus 29. Dark brown patina; a little old cleaning on obv.

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about Extremely Fine/Extremely Fine $4,500.00

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