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RIC VI, SISCIA [after 27b], GALERIUS MAXIMIAN, UNLISTED REVERSE LEGEND

  

OBVERSE

MAXIMIA-NVSNOBC [MAXIMIANVS NOB C]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

MARTI-VICTOR [MARTI VICTOR]; Mars stg. l., r. holding Victory, l. leaning on spear. SIS in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED REVERSE LEGEND. RIC lists this type only with longer rev. legend MARTI VICTORI (p. 458). Note that absence of "I" could be a result of engraver's slip. SISCIA 27b is cited in RIC after Voetter's drawing [Numismatische Zeitschrift, 1920, Tafel 11] which shows undoubtedly "VICTORI" [click for picture]. Also example of SISCIA 27a (the same rev., minted for Constantius) from the Trau Collection (lot 3561) shows the same legend [click for picture]. General note about this issue from p. 440: "Marti Victori, for both Caesar's, is an innovation, though in the general tradition of the earlier types. [...] Date, c. (?) 303-5". Coin should be listed after SISCIA 27b.

NOTES

Aureus. Weight 5.49 g; diameter 20 mm. Sold on Numismatik Lanz auction 112 (lot 863) in November 2002 for EUR 6,400; sold on Rauch auction 99, session 1 (lot 290) for EUR 26,000.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski