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Constantine II BEATA from Lyons
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:17:12 PM »
this coin just sold for $409.00. I think that the reason it sold for so much is the description -- "raising hand to chest"

it was listed as not in RIC, but is RIC VII Lyons 192, if it is indeed raising the right hand.

While it is not initially clear, I don't think Constantine II is actually raising his hand. There is some sort of a decoration on the front of the cuirass. Lech has two examples of this type (with different reverse break), including the second picture below from CGB.

This type is also in Bastien (136a/b) and is also described as "levant la main droite." Two examples are shown-- the first, like the CGB example, does not look at all convincing as raising a hand, while the second (b) is a little more ambiguous like this recently sold example. Maybe Bastien was not so sure about the bust type, so he had two listed. Below are the coins from Bastien.

The more I look at 136b though, I am less convinced. Maybe there are two bust types here.