7-061

RIC VII, ARLES [after 317], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS CAESS]

  

OBVERSE

CONSTANTINVSIVNNOBC [CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C]; bust l., laur., dr., cuir.

REVERSE

VIRTVS-CAESS [VIRTVS CAESS]; gateway with wide open doors of varying design, four turrets, varying number of stone layers, star above. ARLΓ in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. There is a small evidence of two unlisted issues of PROVIDENTAE and VIRTVS series minted in Arles. Both use Greek letters for marking the officinae [Α-Δ]. The first has ARLΑ-Δ in m.m., and the second has additionally letters S|F in fields. However, place of these issues in official coinage still remains controversial. For Bruun's opinion see footnote 312 from p. 268: "The author prefers to regard these mint-marks, or this way of marking the fourth officina, as a peculiar slip of some mint official and not as indicative of an issue marking the officinae with Greek letters". Issue could be placed after ARLES 317 or between ARLES 301 and 317.

See also
ARLES [after 317], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED ISSUE [PROVIDENTIAE AVGG]
ARLES [after 317], CONSTANTIUS II, UNLISTED ISSUE [PROVIDENTIAE CAESS]
ARLES [after 317], CONSTANTIUS II, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS CAESS]

NOTES

Weight 3.08 g; diameter 20-21 mm. Ex Keith Metzer Collection; ex Beast Coins. Sold on VAuctions sale 250 (lot 149) in August 2010 for $117.

Other specimens:

- sold on VAuctions sale 250 (lot 150) in August 2010 for $98; ex Beast Coins; weight 3.28 g; diameter 19 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski