6-399

RIC VI, LONDINIUM [after 286], CONSTANTINE, UNLISTED BUST TYPE

  

OBVERSE

C-ONSTANTINVSPAVG [CONSTANTINVS P AVG]; bust l., laur., helm., dr. (?), cuir., r. holding spear forward, shield on l. arm.

REVERSE

SOLIINVI-C-TOCOMITI [SOLI INVICTO COMITI]; Sol stg. r., head l. chlamys over l. shoulder and hanging behind, r. raised, l. holding up globe. Star in left field. PLN in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED BUST TYPE. Bust type similar to J (p. 138) except for the presence of drapery. Listed in Huvelin (no. 201). Note that Huvelin quotes exactly the same specimen from British Museum, which is quoted in RIC as LONDINIUM 287, so actually this is the case of inconsistency in descriptions. Huvelin quotes yet another specimen (no. 202; reference: "M & M 1982 [Monnaies et Médailles, vente 61, 7 et 8 octobre 1982], no. 594"), which description is identical with description of LONIDNIUM 287, but unfortunately there is no picture of it in Huvelin's article.

In the present author's opinion an additional element is not a paludamentum but rather a belt used to hold a shield. So it should be counted as a part of an armour, not a drapery.

Note also that the description in RIC mixes two issues: earlier with Sol stg. r with chlamys over l. shoulder and hanging behind and later with Sol stg. l. with chlamys draped over l. shoulder only. See: CORRIGENDA, VOL. VI, p. 140. Also not listed in Huvelin. Coin should be listed after LONDINIUM 286.

NOTES

Weight 4.296 g. From the British Museum Collection (reg. no. 1927,0616.186); also featured in Huvelin, plate 15, no. 201 [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski