I just want to take a moment to talk about this coin.
Here we see the Roman god Jupiter, holding Victory (literally, the personification of Victory) AND a sceptre, while an eagle chills out at his feet. Putting all three of these elements on a single coin takes some big bronze Roman balls.
The portrait on the obverse is Licinius, who along with Constantine, was part of a triumvirate that ruled the vast Roman empire.
Meanwhile, Constantine’s going around minting coins with Sol Invictus on the reverse.
Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun) was the official sun god of Imperial Rome and a patron of soldiers. (Some historians have proposed that the date 25 December was chosen to celebrate Christmas as a way of integrating the pagan Roman festival Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or the “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun.”)
Licinius falls back on a classic, Jupiter, while Constantine goes with the hip, fresh, Sol Invictus. Licinius appeals to the aesthetics of the old ruling class; Constantine appeals to the soldiers.
Basically, these guys are in a big old dick measuring contest to prove who’s more Roman, and they’re literally using the Empire’s money to do it.
Slow clap for Constantine and Licinius.