7-2705

RIC VII, CONSTANTINOPLE [after 12], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND AND MINTMARK VARIETY [FORGERY]

  

OBVERSE

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

REVERSE

SPES-PVBLIC [SPES PVBLIC]; rev. legend across field; labarum, with three medallions on drapery and crowned by Christogram, pierces serpent. A in left field. •CONS• in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND AND MINTMARK VARIETY. RIC lists for this type only longer obv. legend CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG [CONSTANTINOPLE 19 and CONSTANTINOPLE 26]. Shorter legend was in use earlier [CONSTANTINOPLE 7] so the present specimen might belong there. Also m.m. •CONS•is not attested. But note that such official issue probably does not exist. All known specimens should be regarded as ancient imitations or, mostly, as modern FORGERIES made by tooling rev. of common genuine coins.

There are also many forgeries of this type made by the same method (or by casting from genuine specimens) with listed (i.e. long) obv. legend. See also: Lars Ramskold, "Highly Deceptive Forgeries of Constantine’s SPES PVBLIC Coinage", The Celator, December 2009, pp. 18-32.

See also:
CONSTANTINOPLE [after 12], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND [FORGERY]

NOTES

Weight 2.80 g; diameter 19 mm. Coin sold on eBay in July 2018 for $294.69.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski