We’re headed on another road trip today and I’ve been meaning to clean out the car forever, so yesterday, I got out the shop vac and a trash bag and began work. I found a lot of things in the car: socks, candy, uneaten granola bars, a headphone splitter, a phone charger, a hair dryer. There’s also a lot of loose change. It falls out of pockets. It gets thrown around and ends up in cup holders, cracks in the seat, and on the floor. I dutifully collect it all and deposit most of it into our coin jar, but one coin I picked up did not look like the others. At first, I thought it might be a liberty dime. It was old looking, for sure, and the engraving on it was impossible to read. I handed it off to Mr. Geeky. He said, “Cool.” Then Geeky Girl wandered in and we showed it to her.
And she said, “That looks like one of the coins we looked at in Latin class.”
“It’s a Roman coin?” I said.
“I think so.”
So, we started Googling. In order to see it, we scanned it in. Here are the images:
You can click on the images to see them bigger. It turns out it’s a version of a Commemorative Coin for Constantinople, minted around 330 AD. Around the bust on the front is CONSTANT-INOPOLIS. Victory is pictured on the reverse. There are letters underneath, which vary. I couldn’t find anything out about what those might stand for. I thought they might indicate where the coin was minted (like our D,P, & S indications), but nothing in any of the stuff I could find online discussed this at all. If you know anything more than I do, I’d love to find out more. I used to be a coin geek back in my pre-teen days, and I still think they’re pretty cool.