'Constantine the Great', medal

'Constantine the Great', medal

Constantine the Great
Medal (obverse view)
Probably France (Paris)
About 1402
Bronze, cast
Museum no. 4492-1858

Along with another medal showing Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium, this stands at the beginning of the medal making tradition in Europe. Documents show that the original examples were made for Duc de Berry, an outstanding patron and connoisseur, and entered his collection in November 1402.

Legend in Latin, 'Constantine, faithful in Christ our God, leader and ruler of the Romans, Emperor for ever'