AD 337-340 Ancient Roman Bronze Nummus of Constantine The Great Manus Dei NGC F

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Touch the Hand of God with this Ancient Bronze Coin

  • ANCIENT COINS NEARLY 1,700 YEARS OLD – These coins were struck by the Roman Empire from AD 337 to 340 during the years immediately following the death of Constantine the Great.
  • COMMEMORATIVE OF CONSTANTINE THE GREAT – This Bronze Nummus was struck posthumously in Constantine's honor by his three sons; Constantine II, Constans and Constantius II. It was perhaps the last thing the brothers would ever agree on as they spent the next decade fighting amongst themselves for control of the empire.
  • SYMBOLIC IMAGERY OF AN EXALTED RULER – The design featured on this coin is significant as it is the first to feature a representation of the Christian God, as depicted as the Hand of God, or Manus Dei, receiving Constantine into heaven. The image shows Constantine driving a chariot drawn by four horses, with the Hand of God reaching down from the clouds to welcome him into heaven. The coin’s obverse depicts a bust of Constantine surrounded by an inscription that reads DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, which means “Divine Constantine Father of the Augusti.”
  • NICE COLLECTOR GRADE CONDITION – Your AD 337-340 Ancient Roman Bronze Nummus of Constantine The Great Manus Dei has been certified and graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Fine (F) condition, meaning it is a coin that was heavily circulated in its time and will have moderate to considerable wear with some design detail remaining in the deeply recessed areas.
  • INSPECTED AND GUARANTEED BY THE ANA – Each coin in this offer has been inspected and guaranteed to be authentic by a member of the American Numismatic Association and will come with a Certificate of Authenticity that includes details about Constantine the Great and the dynasty named after him.
  • SEALED IN A PROTECTIVE HOLDER – Your coin has been sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with a white display core – giving you the best in protection while granting clear sightlines into every beautiful detail.

When Roman Emperor Constantine the Great died in AD 337, the House of Constantine – his sons Constantine II, Constans and Constantius II – decreed that posthumous bronze coins be struck that clearly depicted Constantine being carried to Heaven in a Quadriga. The Quadriga was a Roman chariot drawn by four animals, usually horses, and was the customary vehicle for triumphant processions to honor the victorious, as well as being used in the funeral ceremony of an Emperor’s consecration.

But more than the symbolic pomp and grandeur, what makes these legendary Bronze Nummus coins so significant is that they literally bear the Manus Dei – the Hand of God – extending from Heaven to welcome the great Emperor home. This was the first depiction of the Christian God on a Roman coin! Known examples of this amazing coin bear dates from 337 – 340. What’s more, the image is eerily similar to Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel 1,200 years later. Was this just a coincidence, or did the Renaissance artist use this coin as a model? Compare the coin to the painting and decide for yourself.

It’s no stretch to say that Constantine the Great changed the course of history. Not only was he a Roman emperor who ruled at the height of the empire’s power, but he was also the first Western Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. His Edict of Milan in 313 declared religious tolerance for Christians and the First Council of Nicaea – which produced the Nicene Creed – was called in 325 by Constantine. Not surprisingly, for these and other acts he was venerated a saint by the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Church.

This posthumous Roman Imperial Bronze Nummus of Constantine I has been certified and graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Fine (F) condition, meaning it is a coin that was heavily circulated in its time and will have moderate to considerable wear with some design detail remaining in the deeply recessed areas. In addition, each coin in this offer has been inspected and guaranteed to be authentic by a member of the American Numismatic Association and will come with a Certificate of Authenticity along with a narrative describing the impact of Constantine’s reign. Now nearly 1,700 years old, this “Hand of God” Roman bronze coin of Constantine the Great is an ancient heirloom that can be found in museum archives and some private collections around the world.

Composition Bronze
Condition Graded
Grade F