6-415

RIC VI, ALEXANDRIA [after 61], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [CONCORDIA AVGG]

  

OBVERSE

MAXIMIN-VSNOBCAES [MAXIMINVS NOB CAES]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

CONCOR-DIAAVGG [CONCORDIA AVGG]; Concordia stg. l., turreted, r. holding head of Serapis, l. leaning on sceptre. B in left field. ALE in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Type not attested in RIC. There is, however, a close resemblance between the examined coin and Alexandrian aureus of Severus II [ALEXANDRIA 61] with rev legend CONCORDIA AVG ET CAES (p. 671). General note from p. 653 reads as follows: "The only gold which can with certainty be attributed to this period is a unique aureus of Severus with Concordia Aug et Caes; the singular terminations must surely show Maximinus' readiness at Alexandria to publicize support for Severus in contrast to Galerius and Constantine. The coin is officina-marked, and continues on the standard of c. 5.3 gm." Here we have coin from the same officina, B, and rev. legend ended with ...AVGG which could suggest a conciliatory gesture to the second Augustus.

Until now, five specimens are known to the present author (including one fake). All share the same dies and one can notice a striking similarity even in minor details, e.g. "scratch" parallel to upper part of sceptre [click for picture]. Further investigations needed. Coin should be listed after ALEXANDRIA 61.

See also:
ALEXANDRIA [after 61], GALERIUS MAXIMIAN, UNLISTED ISSUE [CONCORDIA AVGG], OFFICINA Γ
ALEXANDRIA [after 61], GALERIUS MAXIMIAN, UNLISTED ISSUE [CONCORDIA AVGG], OFFICINA Δ

NOTES

Argenteus. Weight 3.26 g. Coin sold on Gorny & Mosch aution 164 (lot 448) in March 2008 for EUR 6,000.

Other specimens:

- from Helios Numismatik auction 1 (lot 585), April 2008; weight 3.26 g [click for picture];

- offered on Freeman & Sear Fixed Price List 13, Winter 2008 (lot 72, p. 33); sold on Nomos auction 3 (lot 243) in May 2011 for CHF 12,000; sold on Triton XXI (lot 845) in January 2018 for $ 7,000; weight 3.18 g; diameter 20 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Numismatica Ars Classica auction 52 (lot 597) in October 2009 for CHF 12,000; weight 3.28 g [click for picture];

- offered on eBay in May 2008 for $7,333; than, sold on eBay in October 2008 as private listing for $799.50; note that this is almost certainly a cast, i.e. modern fake; weight 3.25 g [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski