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RIC VI, SISCIA 170b, MAXIMINUS, ENGRAVER'S ERROR (?)

  

OBVERSE

GALVALMAXIMINVSPFAVG [GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG] [4a]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

GENIOPOP-VLIROMANI [GENIO POPVLI ROMANI]; Genio stg. l., modius on head, naked but for chlamys over l. shoulder, r. holding aptera, l. cornucopiae. SIS in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

ENGRAVER'S ERROR. Specimen similar to SISCIA 170b except for obv. legend GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG instead of GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB C. Sutherland mentions this variant in footnote on p. 475, but rejects it as an engraver's error: "Vienna has a coin (ex Elmer coll.) with Gal Val Maximinus P F Aug - an engraver's error: no resumption of this reverse type can be conceived of after Maximinus' elevation". It could also express Maximinus' aspirations (or Galeriu's policy) after the death of Severus.

NOTES

Weight 2.36 g; diameter 18 mm. From CGB Numishop (brm_464230), sold for EUR 450.

Other specimens:

- sold on Thesaurus "Idra" auction in December 2008 for EUR 120; weight 2.0 g [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski