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RIC VI, ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERUS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA ΔЄ

  

OBVERSE

IMPCFLVALSEVERVSPFAVG [IMP C FL VAL SEVERVS 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 (the chlamys falls low), r. holding patera (from which liquor flows), l. cornucopiae. Δ in left field, Є in right field. ANT: in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED FOR RULER. RIC lists issue ANTIOCHIA 74a-75b with the same pattern for Constantius, Galerius Maximian, Maximinus and Severus as Caesar, but not for Severus as Augustus (see p. 624-625, 627). General note from p. 605: "It is to be strongly presumed (though explicit proof is lacking) that the final issue of Group II aes continued into Group III with mark, weight and types unchanged. Those of Galerius and Maximinus would show no differentiation at all: Severus would appear as Augustus, but coins in his name seem to be lacking, so that the issue may not date until c. spring 307". Also on page 624 in footnote 5 Sutherland writes: "This issue, save for Constantius, continued withoud change at the beginning of Group III, except that no coins of Severus as Augustus (though included by Kent, N.C. 1957, p. 69, no. 1084) are known to me".

However, the detailed and exhaustive study by Jan de Veen shows that currently ten officinae (A-I) are recorded and that they were already attested long before RIC vol. VI was written. For example, Voetter seems to be aware of all officinae and lists in Gerin's collection officinae Δ, Є and ς (cf. Voetter, p. 41, no. 4). Specimens from all officinae were also noted in hoards from the Middle East [see: Bastien, P., "Trouvaille de folles au Liban (294-307)", Revue Numismatique 1967, p. 171]. Other important studies: King, C. E. and Spaer, A., "A hoard of folles from Northern Sinai", Numismatic Chronicle 1977; Salzmann, D., "Folles of Severus II as Augustus and of Constantine I as Caesar from Antioch", Numismatic Chronicle 1983.

Coin should be listed in Group III before ANTIOCHIA 81.

See also:
ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERVS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA Α
ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERVS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA Β
ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERVS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA Γ
ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERVS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA Δ
ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERVS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA Є
ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERVS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA ς
ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERVS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA Ζ
ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERVS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA Η
ANTIOCHIA [before 81], SEVERVS, UNLISTED FOR RULER, OFFICINA Ι

NOTES

Weight 11.26 g; diameter 29 mm. Coin sold on Hess-Divo auction 307 (lot 1728) in June 2007 for CHF 800.

Other specimens:

- from the American Numismatic Society Collection (reg. no. 1944.100.4345); weight 9.28 g; diameter 28.5 mm [click for picture];

- from FORVM ANCIENT COINS; posted by Frans Diederik; weight 9.70 g; diameter 26-28 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski