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Tours > Roman Britain at the BM > Constantius' Medal

Constantius' Medal
London

Constantius saves London This gold medallion was struck in Trier in AD 296 to commemorate the overthrow of the self-proclaimed Emperor of Britain, Allectus, by the Roman general, Constantius I Chlorus. The reverse side shows Constantius being welcomed by the personification of London at the gates to the city which he saved from being sacked. He is hailed as 'Restorer of Eternal Light' while his soldiers move up the Thames in a military troop-ship. It was while in Britain that legend has Constantius meeting the Empress Helen and together they became the parents of Constantine the Great.

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