7-2619

RIC VII, ANTIOCH 86, CONSTANTINE I, DOUBLE FOLLIS, MINT ERROR

   

OBVERSE

CONSTANTI-NVSMAXAVG [CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG]; bust r., rosette-diadem, dr., cuir.

REVERSE

GLOR-IAEXERC-ITVS [GLORIA EXERCITVS]; two soldiers stg. facing one another, each holding reversed spear and resting hand on shield set on ground; between them, two standards. SMANA in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

DOUBLE FOLLIS. Specimen similar to ANTIOCH 86 (eBay, 1.74 g) except for unusually heavy weight: 5.05 g (expected c. 2.50 g).

Coin is described here as "double follis" and "mint error" but in fact origin of these rare pieces is uncertain. Some of them are probably real "mint errors", accidentally struck on too heavy flan (blank disc). Sometimes flan was probably heavy for purpose: when earlier batch of coins was struck on too light flans. Sometimes flan is exceptionally well made and with centered strike, so it could be a test strike of new dies. Further investigations needed.

See also:
RIC VI, TREVERI 310, MAXIMIAN HERCULIUS, DOUBLE FOLLIS, MINT ERROR
RIC VI, ROMA 64a, DIOCLETIAN, DOUBLE FOLLIS, MINT ERROR
RIC VI, HERACLEA 53b, LICINIUS, DOUBLE FOLLIS, MINT ERROR
RIC VI, ANTIOCHIA 52b, MAXIMIAN HERCULIUS, DOUBLE FOLLIS, MINT ERROR
RIC VII, LYONS 90, CONSTANTINE II, DOUBLE FOLLIS, MINT ERROR
RIC VII, TRIER 399, CRISPUS, DOUBLE FOLLIS, MINT ERROR
RIC VII, TRIER 435, CONSTANTINE I, DOUBLE FOLLIS, MINT ERROR
RIC VII, TRIER 449, CONSTANTINE I, DOUBLE FOLLIS, MINT ERROR

NOTES

Double follis (?). Weight 5.05 g. Sold on eBay in April 2018 for EUR 55.88.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski