7-2074

RIC VII, ARLES 376, CONSTANTINE II, MINTMARK VARIETY, OFFICINA S

  

OBVERSE

CONSTANTI-NVSIVNNC [CONSTANTINVS IVN N C]; bust r., laur., 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. SCONST in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

MINTMARK VARIETY. Specimen similar to ARLES 376 except for additional pellet between standards. Pellet is usually placed near central dot (which seems to be technical and therefore does not belong to m.m.). Note, however, that it is not clear if there is always also wreath with dot or not.

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 might have been added to distinguish this emmision from one with an empty wreath. In that case, there still would be 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 P
ARLES 375, CONSTANTINE I, MINTMARK VARIETY, OFFICINA S
ARLES 376, CONSTANTINE II, MINTMARK VARIETY, OFFICINA P
ARLES 377, CONSTANTIUS II, MINTMARK VARIETY

NOTES

Weight 2.45 g; diameter 17 mm. Coin sold on eBay in November 2016 for GBP 8.50.

Other specimens:

- from NVMMVS BIBLE II (NBD no. 31781); officina letter uncertain [click for picture];

- from Portable Antiquities Scheme database (ID: IOW-F18808); weight 1.36 g; diameter 17.7 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski