6-1748

RIC VI, SISCIA [after 10], MAXIMIAN HERCULIUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS AVGVSTORVM]

  

OBVERSE

VIRTVSMAXI-MIANIAVG [VIRTVS MAXIMIANI AVG]; bust r., laur., cuir., holding small spear in r. hand, two more in l. hand.

REVERSE

VIRTVSAVGVSTORVM [VIRTVS AVGVSTORVM]; Hercules stg. r., r. resting on club, lion's skin and bow in l. hand.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Not attested in RIC V/2 and RIC VI. Probably belongs to pre-reform coinage (in Depeyrot (p. 96, Siscia 1/17) dated to 286). Note also that small spears holding by Emperor (called minores subarmales) are often confused with plumbatae (cf. Sylviane Estiot, "Sine arcu sagittae : la représentation numismatique de plumbatae / mattiobarbuli aux IIIe-IVe siècles (279-307 de n. è.", Numismatische Zeitschrift 2008, no. 116/117). Coin should be listed after SISCIA 10.

NOTES

Aureus. Weight 5.89 g. LHS Numismatik auction 97 (lot 870, May 2006; sold on Numismatica Ars Classica auction 100 (lot 613) in May 2017 for CHF 30,000.

Other specimens:

- sold on Aureo & Calicó auction Imagines IMperatorum (lot 309) in February 2012 for EUR 40,000; sold on Aureo & Calicó auction 300 (lot 184) in November 2017 for EUR 26,000; weight 5.53 g [click for picture];

- from Astarte Bolla Collection (lot 95), February 2007; sold on Numismatica Ars Classica auction 91 (lot 57) in May 2016 for CHF 50,000; weight 5.69 g [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski