6-2237

RIC VI, ANTIOCHIA [after 59b], DIOCLETIAN, UNLISTED ISSUE [VICTORIA ROMANORVM] [FORGERY]

  

OBVERSE

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

REVERSE

VICTORIA-ROMANORVM [VICTORIA ROMANORVM]; Emperor in military dress stg. facing, head turned to r., holding standard in r. hand, and Victory holding wreath and palm-branch stg. on globe in l. ANTΓ in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Obverse RIC VI CARTHAGO 31a with reverse RIC VIII ANTIOCH 229 minted sixty years later for Jovian. 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 CARTHAGO 31a from the same obverse die:
- Triskeles auction 20, lot 661;
- CNG eAuction 321, lot 690;
- Münzkabinett der Universität Göttingen (no. BA-0282) [found by Janusz Kamiński].

And two examples of RIC VIII ANTIOCH 229 from the same reverse die:
- Sincona auction 10, lot 325;
- Jesús Vico auction 142, lot 267.

Of course these coins are also fakes.

NOTES

Weight 14.80 g; diameter 28 mm. Sold on Bertolami Fine Art Web Auction 92 (lot 1520) in October 2020 for GBP 460.

Other specimens:

- from Coryssa database (ID 175626); sold on eBay in October 2003 for GBP 131; rev. from the same die but note different obv. with legend IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG; diameter 28 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski