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RIC VII, ARLES 375, CONSTANTINE I, MINTMARK VARIETY, OFFICINA P

  

OBVERSE

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

REVERSE

GLOR-IAEXERC-ITVS [GLORIA EXERCITVS]; two soldiers, helmeted, stg. front, looking at each other; each holds spear and rests hand on shield; between them, two standards. Wreath with pellet between standards. Additional pellet between standards. PCONST in exergue.

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MINTMARK VARIETY. Specimen similar to ARLES 375 except for the additional pellet placed between standards, usually near centering dot (which is strictly technical and does not belong to m.m.). This variety (or a separate issue) was for the first time described by David Berthod (Emissions inaperçues pour Arles, "Numismatique & Change", no. 452). The present author believes that pellet was added because the small wreath with pellet inside was hard to distinguish from empty wreath. So there are possibly still only two m.m. patterns: one with wreath [ARLES 370-372] and one with wreath and pellet/pellets [ARLES 375-378].

See also:
ARLES 375, CONSTANTINE I, MINTMARK VARIETY, OFFICINA S
ARLES 376, CONSTANTINE II, MINTMARK VARIETY, OFFICINA P
ARLES 376, CONSTANTINE II, MINTMARK VARIETY, OFFICINA S
ARLES 377, CONSTANTIUS II, MINTMARK VARIETY

NOTES

Weight 2.07 g; diameter 16 mm. Coin sold on eBay in September 2012 for GBP 26.

Other specimens:

- from NVMMVS BIBLE II (NBD no. 2012); weight 1.98 g [click for picture];

- from NVMMVS BIBLE II (NBD no. 14473) [click for picture];

- from London Ancient Coins auction 23 (lot 250), March 2013; weight 2.14 g; diameter 15 mm [click for picture];

- sold on eBay in October 2016 for GBP 10.50; weight 2.30 g; diameter 17 mm [click for picture].


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