6-011

RIC VI, HERACLEA [after 78], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVTI EXERCITIS], OFFICINA Β

  

OBVERSE

IMPCGALVALMAXIMINVSPFAVG [IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

VIRTVTIE-XERCITIS [VIRTVTI EXERCITIS (sic!)]; Virtus [actually Mars] advancing r. in military dress, r. holding transverse spear, l. shield and trophy over shoulder. Β in right field. SMHT in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. This type belongs to the group which was minted after Maximinus' capture of Heraclea in 313 [HERACLEA 76-78]. The similar reverse was used earlier in Nicomedia and Cyzicus [i.e. NICOMEDIA 70a-70b, CYZICUS 94] controlled by Maximinus since Galerius' death, but the legend VIRTVTI EXERCITIS is not known at all. For the first time published probably in: Meixner, I., "Neki kovovi iz nalaza kod Stoca koje ne poznaje najnovija radnja Sutherlanda »Roman Imperial Coinage«, VI sv. 1967. godine" [Some coins from Stoca hoard which are unlisted in the latest Sutherland's work "Roman Imperial Coinage" vol. VI, 1967], Numizmatičke vijesti, vol. XVI/27, 1969, p. 16-18 and plate V. Mentioned in Bruun SICN (p. 175), but incorrectly as VIRTVTI EXERCITVS. However, variety with rev. legend VIRTVTI EXERCITVS also exists. Coin should be listed after HERACLEA 78.

See also:
HERACLEA [after 78], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVTI EXERCITIS], OFFICINA Α
HERACLEA [after 78], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVTI EXERCITIS], OFFICINA Γ
HERACLEA [after 78], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVTI EXERCITIS], OFFICINA Є
HERACLEA [after 78], LICINIUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVTI EXERCITVS], OFFICINA Β
HERACLEA [after 78], MAXIMINUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVTI EXERCITVS], OFFICINA Α

NOTES

Weight 5.60 g; diameter 18 mm (sic!). Coin sold on eBay in May 2011 for $85.54. Note that attribution is uncertain and this specimen may belong to the issue with ...EXERCITVS in rev. legend.

Other specimens:

- sold on Gorny & Mosch auction 138 (lot 2416) in March 2005 for EUR 90; weight 5.07 g [click for picture];

- sold on eBay in January 2006 for GBP 32.78; now in Ben Bridgwater's collection; weight 4.50 g; diameter 23 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski