7-3090

RIC VII, ARLES [before 208], CRISPUS, [CORRECTION; THESSALONICA 85]

  

OBVERSE

CRISPVS-NOBCAES [CRISPVS NOB CAES]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

CAESARVMNOSTRORVM [CAESARVM NOSTRORVM] around VOT/V; dot between first and last letter.

NOT IN RIC

[CORRECTION]. Coin erroneously listed in RIC VII as THESSALONICA 85. However, bust style does not resemble that of Thessalonica (compare THESSALONICA 90; especially the arrangement of ties) and this issue actually belongs to Arles.

Bruun was aware that the style of THESSALONICA 84-87 is quite different from the style of the next Vota issue: THESSALONICA 88-95. In footnote 1 on p. 495 he writes as follows: "The only difficulty in attributing this series to Thessalonica is the size of the obv. busts [...]. The first mint-marked series [i.e. THESSALONICA 88-95] employed considerably smaller obv. busts. A possible explanation is that the series without m.m. was struck at Thessalonica by a moneta comitatensis".

See CORRIGENDA, VOL. VII, p. 508. Coin should be listed before ARLES 208.

See also:
ARLES [before 208], CONSTANTINE I, [CORRECTION; THESSALONICA 84]
ARLES [before 208], CONSTANTINE II, [CORRECTION; THESSALONICA 87]

NOTES

From NVMMVS BIBLE II (NBD no. 89723).

Other specimens:

- sold on Roma Numismatics auction IV (lot 2855) in September-October 2012 for GBP 70; weight 3.60 g; diameter 18 mm [click for picture];

- from NVMMVS BIBLE II (NBD no. 90490) [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski