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RIC VI, HERACLEA [after 2], DIOCLETIAN, UNLISTED REVERSE LEGEND

  

OBVERSE

DIOCLETI-ANVSAVG [DIOCLETIANVS AVG]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

VICTORIAE-SARMATICAE [VICTORIAE SARMATICAE]; the four princes sacrificing over tripod before archway in six- (or seven-) turreted enclosure. HЄ in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED REVERSE LEGEND - VICTORIAE SARMATICAE. RIC lists for Diocletian only legend VICTORIA SARMAT [and VICTORIA SARMATICA for Maximian Herculius] (p. 529). General note from p. 521: "As noted above, the only type [of silver coins] found at Heraclea is the 'four princes at sacrifice' type which in so many mints elsewhere introduces the reformed silver. It falls into three main issues. The first is likely to have been that marked HЄ, i.e. from officina 5 only. This includes the reverse legends Providentia Augg, Victoria Sarmat and Sarmatica, and Virtus Militum. All four rulers are represented, but the surviving evidence shows no more than one ruler to each of the four variants; probably this was original patern". Coin should be listed after HERACLEA 2.

NOTES

Argenteus. Weight 2.92 g; diameter 17 mm. Coin sold Roma Numismatics E-sale 28 (lot 708) in July 2016 for GBP 300.

Other specimens:

- from eBay, October 2009; weight 2.34 g; diameter 18.94 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Ira & Larry Goldberg auction 90 (lot 3275) in February 2016 for $400 (ex Antony R. Bergantino); weight 3.05 g [click for picture];

- sold on Ira & Larry Goldberg auction 90 (lot 3276) in February 2016 for $190; weight 3.00 g [click for picture];

- sold on Ira & Larry Goldberg auction 91 (lot 2054) in June 2016 for $190; weight 2.85 g [click for picture];

- from the J.G. Kiss Collection; weight 3.50 g; diameter 18.5-19 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski