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Unlisted / Re: Constantius II campgate from Constantinople
« Last post by tjaart on Today at 11:38:34 AM »
Nice catch and a great looking coin!
Unlisted / Constantius II campgate from Constantinople
« Last post by Victor on Today at 08:52:18 AM »
this coin is not in RIC for workshop B

Constantius II
A.D. 327
18x19mm    3.6gm
FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left.
PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS; camp gate with two turrets and star between them, in left field B.
in ex. CONS
RIC VII Constantinople 21
I don't believe this coin would be from the unreduced emission. Two things seem most likely- first, that a flan from the first emission was mistakenly used.

Secondly, and what most likely happened, is that it is just a heavier flan. The CONSERV coins from this emission were struck at 48 to a pound for an average of around 6 grams. Each flan was not weighed though, so some might be heavier and some might be lighter.

and a third possibility- the weight is misrecorded in the auction.

Drost in his book on Maxentian coinage only has the CONSERV coinage listed as reduced folles. He only gives an average weight of 6.47g and does not list weights of individual coins.
I noticed these two coins in the recent  Dr Busso Peus auction and i was suprised by the weight of the fist one: 10,6 gr!

According to RIC VI, coins with such reverse type from  Aquileia mint are all reduced follis (7 to 6 gr) and the second coin has a coherent weight of 5,8 gr.

My thought is the first coin falls in the unreduced weight emisisons (RIC 76-112).

COTD / Re: Constantine I SOL from Arles with one captive in exergue
« Last post by Victor on November 19, 2017, 10:39:30 AM »
I would guess that it references the troubles with the Germanic tribes in the Gaul region. Crispus was victorious in military operations against the Franks and Alamanni in A.D. 318 and 320 and this SOL coin was issued in A.D. 318.
COTD / Re: Constantine I SOL from Arles with one captive in exergue
« Last post by tjaart on November 19, 2017, 09:58:41 AM »
Wow! I've never seen any exergue like that. I wonder if it signified anything specifically?
COTD / Constantine I SOL from Arles with one captive in exergue
« Last post by Victor on November 19, 2017, 09:23:06 AM »
I was an underbidder in this rare coin which just sold for $321. It is a rare example (r5 in RIC) of a SOL with one captive in the exergue.
Unlisted / Constantine II BEATA from Lyons
« Last post by Victor 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.
Unlisted / Re: Constantinus I Marti Conservatori from Arles
« Last post by Victor on November 17, 2017, 07:30:58 AM »

Yes, it is unlisted in RIC. Ferrando lists it as #342.

Lech has a few examples on his site-
Unlisted / Re: Diocletian misspelling observe
« Last post by Victor on November 17, 2017, 07:22:34 AM »

that is a neat error.
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