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RIC VI, CARTHAGO 23a, DIOCLETIAN, MINTMARK VARIETY, ENGRAVER'S ERROR

  

OBVERSE

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

REVERSE

FELIVADVENTAVGGNN [FELIX ADNEVT AVGG NN]; Africa stg. facing, head l., in long drapery with elephant-skin head-dress, r. holding standard, l. tusk; at feet to l., lion with captured bull. H in left field. PKP in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

MINTMARK VARIETY. Specimen similar to CARTHAGO 23a except for H in left field instead of I. It is not a hybrid because coins for Herculian rulers (Maximian Herculius and Constantius) were minted exclusively in officinae S and T. Note, however, traces of A in right field and m.m. pattern of the next issue with PKA-Δ in exergue (see example of CARTHAGO 25a). Possibly an error made by confused engraver. Coin could be also regarded as an ancient imitation.

NOTES

Weight 9.3 g; diameter 26 mm. Coin sold on VCoins (Victor's Imperial Coins) for $150.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski