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RIC VI, ALEXANDRIA 32a, DIOCLETIAN, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND [FORGERY]

  

OBVERSE

IMPDIOCLETIANVSPFAVG [IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

GENIOPOPV-L-IROMANI [GENIO POPVLI ROMANI]; Genius stg. l., modius on head, naked but for chlamys over l. shoulder, r. holding patera from liquor usually (but not invariably) flows. XX in left field, Є over I in right field. ALE in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND. Specimen similar to ALEXANDRIA 32a except for obv. legend IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG instead of IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG. This coin is formally unlisted in RIC but in fact belongs to the group of rather deceptive forgeries.

See also example of RIC VI ALEXANDRIA 32a from the same reverse die:
- eBay (August 2010, 9.26 g, 26 mm).

Note that the same reverse die was used with obverse of Philip I tetradrachm, which created a ridiculous tetra-follis (FAC; posted by Merinda, 8.96 g, 28 mm). See the possible prototype of this obverse.

Certainly these coins are also fakes

See also:
ANTIOCHIA [after 54a], DIOCLETIAN, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND [FORGERY]
ANTIOCHIA [after 59b], DIOCLETIAN, UNLISTED ISSUE [VICTORIA ROMANORVM] [FORGERY]
ALEXANDRIA [before 124], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND [FORGERY]

NOTES

Weight 10.40 g; diameter 28 mm. Sold on eBay.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski