7-637

RIC VII, ARLES [before 286], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED ISSUE

  

OBVERSE

CONSTAN-TINVSAVG [CONSTANTINVS AVG]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

VIRTV-SAVGG [VIRTVS AVGG]; gateway with four turrets, no doors, varying number of stone layers, star above. S crescent AR in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Mintmark unlisted, but similar to ARLES 264-279 except for crescent instead of star (p. 263-264). According to RIC, however, Virtus Augg reverse was not introduced in Arles till the next issue [ARLES 291] (p. 265). Specimen of a very good style but note a reverse variety: gateway has no doors instead of "wide open doors of varying design". Note as well that the second known specimen (from different dies but also of a good style) is very light and that the coin with the same m.m. minted for Constantine II is almost certainly an ancient imitation. Yet it still might be an official issue but further investigations are needed. Coin should be listed before ARLES 286.

See also:
ARLES [before 286], CRISPUS, UNLISTED ISSUE
ARLES [before 286], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED ISSUE, HYBRID [IRREGULAR COIN]

NOTES

Weight 2.76 g; diameter 20 mm. Coin sold on eBay in December 2013 for EUR 223.88 [Thanks to the collaboration of Paweł Kubiczek].

Other specimens:

- sold on eBay in July 2009 for $30.02; now in Tomasz Speier's collection; weight 1.89 g (sic!); diameter 18.2-20.6 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski