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RIC VI, ANTIOCHIA [HEESCH 3b], GENIO ANTIOCHENI, UNLISTED OFFICINA B

  

OBVERSE

GENIOAN-TIOCHENI [GENIO ANTIOCHENI]; Antioch seated facing on rock; below, Orontes swimming.

REVERSE

APOLLONI-SANCTO [APOLLONI SANCTO]; Apollo stg. l., patera in r. hand, lyre in l. B in right field. AMS (?) in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED OFFICINA - B. The civic coinage minted under Maximinus II in 312 is completely absent in RIC VI. Already known to Cohen (cf. Cohen, vol. VIII, pp. 43-44, no. 1-5), but then it was thought to be minted under Julian II. Two issues listed in Voetter as "kleine Scheidemünzen" minted under Licinius after the death of Maximinus II (p. 46, no. 30-31; note incorrect weight given: 3.5 g instead 1.5 g, probably misprint). Catalogued in Vagi as the pagan coinage of the Great Persecution (pp. 516-517). However, the basic reference is still: Johan van Heesch, "The Last Civic Coinages and the Religious Policy of Maximinus Daza (AD 312)", Numismatic Chronicle 1993, pp. 65-75. Because of its availability, the present supplement lists only varieties omitted in Heesch.

Type listed in Heesch (p. 66, no. 3b), but only officina Є is attested. Note that the reading of the exergue is uncertain. The m.m. could be AMS (retrograde SMA) or simply ANT (common on coins from Antioch). In both cases this variety may be regarded as an engraver's error. Note also that the specimen shown in Heesch (plate 11, no. 2) has blurred exergue and the reading "ANT" is also possible.

See also:
ANTIOCHIA [HEESCH 3a], GENIO ANTIOCHENI, REVERSE LEGEND VARIETY, ENGRAVER'S ERROR

NOTES

Fraction. Weight 1.51 g; diameter 15 mm. Coin sold on CNG eAuction 243 (lot 470) in October 2010 for $460.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski