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RIC VI, ANTIOCHIA [after 54a], DIOCLETIAN, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND [FORGERY]

  

OBVERSE

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

REVERSE

GENIOPOPV-LIROMANI [GENIO POPVLI ROMANI]; Genius stg. l., modius on head, naked but for chlamys over l. shoulder, r. holding patera (from which liquor flows), l. cornucopiae. K in left field, Z over V in right field. ANT in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND. Specimen similar to ANTIOCHIA 54a except for obv. legend IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG instead of IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG. Note also sloppy engraved LI in rev. legend.

This coin is formally unlisted in RIC but in fact belongs to the group of rather deceptive forgeries. Apparently this time counterfeiter made a mistake and mixed up his dies.

See three examples of RIC VI ANTIOCHIA 54a from the same reverse die:
- Tietjen (auction 127, lot 476, 10.27 g);
- Kölner Münzkabinett Tyll Kroha (auction 103, lot 699, 12.61 g);
- Münzkabinett der Universität Göttingen (no. BA-0303, 11.014 g, 28.44);
- eBay (April 2022).

Certainly these coins are also fakes [Thanks to the collaboration of Din X, Pekka K and Joshmaggosh].

See also:
ANTIOCHIA [after 59b], DIOCLETIAN, UNLISTED ISSUE [VICTORIA ROMANORVM] [FORGERY]
ALEXANDRIA [after 32a], DIOCLETIAN, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND [FORGERY]
ALEXANDRIA [before 124], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND [FORGERY]

NOTES

Weight 9.3 g; diameter 27 mm. From FORVM ANCIENT COINS; posted by rick2.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski