The reverse shows Constantine on horseback defeating his enemies at the legendary battle of Milvian Bridge outside Rome - after which he became the first Christian Emperor of the Roman world.
1600 year old coin looks as good as new...
A determined metal detectorist is set to make a small fortune after uncovering an extremely historic and rare Roman gold coin.
The 4th century AD treasure, carrying the portrait of Constantine I, was found a foot below the surface of a field near Wanstrow, Somerset.
Constantine was proclaimed Emperor whilst on campaign in York in 306 AD, after the death of his father Constantius - he then took several years to defeat other claiments to the title before uniting the entire Empire and embracing the cult of christianity.
The gold solidus is one of the first examples of this type to be unearthed in this country, and was discovered close to a Roman road once used for transporting mined lead ore.
Now, the lucky detectorist is selling it at auction with Dix Noonan Webb, of London, who expect it to fetch over £12,000. « less