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 Providentiae and Virtus series minted in Arles. Both use Greek letters for marking the officinae [A-Δ]. The first has ARLA-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". Coin should be listed after ARLES 317. See also
ARLES [after 317], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED ISSUE [PROVIDENTIAE AVGG], OFFICINA A
ARLES [after 317], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED ISSUE [PROVIDENTIAE AVGG], OFFICINA B
ARLES [after 317], CONSTANTIUS II, UNLISTED ISSUE [PROVIDENTIAE CAESS]
ARLES [after 317], CONSTANTIUS II, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS CAESS]

NOTES

Weight 3.73 g; diameter 20 mm. Coin sold on Numismatik Naumann auction 84 (lot 502) in December 2019 for EUR 100; sold on Savoca Numismatik 113th blue auction (lot 486) in September 2021 for EUR 85.

Other specimens:

- sold on VAuctions sale 250 (lot 149) in August 2010 for USD 117; ex Keith Metzer Collection; ex Beast Coins; weight 3.08 g; diameter 20-21 mm [click for picture].

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


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