6-008

RIC VI, ANTIOCHIA 120, MAXIMINUS, [CORRECTION], UNLISTED OFFICINA Δ

  

OBVERSE

MAXIMINVS-NOBCAES [MAXIMINVS NOB CAES]; bust l., laur., dr., cuir., r. holding Victory on globe, decorated shield on l. arm.

REVERSE

MAXIMINVSNOBILI-SSIMVSCAESAR [MAXIMINVS NOBILISSIMVS CAESAR]; Maximinus stg. l. in military dress, r. holding globe, l. leaning on long sceptre (or spear). Altar in left field, Δ in right field. ANT in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

[CORRECTION], UNLISTED OFFICINA - B. For ANTIOCHIA 120 only officina Z is attested and RIC cites unique specimen which is now in the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (p. 633). Unfortunately, with some errors in description.

Note that the bust type is obviously not F (helmeted and cuirassed), but it is also not a simple misprint in RIC (F instead of E), because on p. 607 Sutherland explicitly confirms this description: "Maximinus [...] position is emphasized by the conspicuous (if rare) coins with obv. showing him helmeted and armoured and with. rev. Maximinus Nobilissimus Caesar, showing him as Princeps Iuventutis".

However, note that a variety with this type of rev. and bust helmeted and cuirassed also exists.

Note also that the bust on the Berlin specimen does not exactly match the description of bust type E (described on p. 630 as mantled) and should be described as draped and cuirassed.

Finally, RIC describes shield as "decorated with two riders and four prisoners" (p. 630). But there could be also seven figures and riders are sometimes holding draco standards (detail identified by Ben Bridgwater).

See CORRIGENDA, VOL. VI, p. 633 and CORRIGENDA, VOL. VI, p. 634

See also:
ANTIOCHIA 120, MAXIMINUS, [CORRECTION], UNLISTED OFFICINA B
ANTIOCHIA 120, MAXIMINUS, [CORRECTION], OFFICINA Z
ANTIOCHIA [after 120], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED BUST TYPE
ANTIOCHIA [after 120], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED REVERSE TYPE, OFFICINA B
ANTIOCHIA [after 120], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED REVERSE TYPE, OFFICINA Є

NOTES

Weight 6.98 g; diameter 24-26 mm. CNG Mail Bid Sale 75 (lot 1133), May 2007. Ex Beast Coins. Now in the Robert Bernobich Collection.

Other specimens:

- sold on CNG eAuction 436 (lot 713) in January 2019 for $500; weight 6.81 g; 24 mm [click for picture];

- from Ancient Imports (illegible officina letter); weight 5.40 g; 24.34 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski