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RIC VI, TREVERI [after 885], CONSTANTINE, UNLISTED ISSUE [MARTI CONSERVATORI]

  

OBVERSE

IMPCONSTANTINVSPFAVG [IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG]; bust r., laur., cuir.

REVERSE

MARTICONSERVATO-RI [MARTI CONSERVATORI]; Bust of Mars l., helmeted and cuirassed, spear across r. shoulder, shield on l. arm.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. RIC lists similar unmarked issue but with smaller bust of Mars r., helmeted and cuirassed (no spear and shield) [TREVERI 877-885] (p. 227). General note from p. 161-162: "The theme of Mars and Sol appears even more emphatically on a very common double series, in Constantine's name alone, with reverses Martii Conservatori, bust of Mars, and Soli Invicto Comiti, bust of Sol: the portrait style is indubitably that of Trier. Examples of lover weight fall after Maximinus' death". Type listed in Cohen (vol. VII, p. 267, no. 331). Coin should be listed in RIC after TREVERI 885. See also CORRIGENDA, VOL. VI, p. 227.

NOTES

Weight 4.75 g; diameter 24 mm. Coin sold on Numismatik Lanz auction in November 2006 for EUR 1,800. Now in Brent Upchurch's collection [see another picture of this rare specimen].

Other specimens:

- specimen sold on eBay in April 2010 for $214.87 [click for picture];

- specimen from Ancients.info; posted by rol69 [click for picture];

- specimen from FORVM ANCIENT COINS; Varangian's collection; weight 2.7 g; diameter 24 mm; rev. legend unbroken [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski