ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE COIN OF EMPEROR CONSTANTINE
Set on modern sterling silver pendant
Veiled head of Constantine right
Constantine veiled and wrapped within robe on Quadriga galloping right, the manus dei (Hand of God) extending down from heaven to grasp his extended right hand, SMANA in exergue.
Length: 2.5 cm
Diameter: 2 cm
This scene is strongly reminiscence of the Old Testament prophet Elijah's ascent to heaven on a chariot of horses and fire. It is also perhaps telling of Constantine's own and or his successors idea of his place within the Christian 'pantheon', depicting him in the guise of a paramount prophet of the Old Testament.
Found in Samaria "Biblical name Shomron" north of Jerusalem, Israel
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