7-201

RIC VII, CONSTANTINOPLE [after 53], ANONYMOUS, UNLISTED ISSUE (star and wreath)

  

OBVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (no legend); star of eight rays ending in pellets.

REVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (no legend); laurel wreath.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Tessera. Half siliqua or one third siliqua. Minted probably in spring 330 for the celebrations of the official dedication of Constantinople (11 May 330). The symbolic meaning of an eight-rayed star and a laurel wreath (corona triumphalis) is uncertain.

See: Simon Bendall, "An anonymous Constantinian coinage", Numismatic Fine Arts Inc. Journal 1986, no. 32, pp. 2-3; Simon Bendall, "Some comments on the anonymous silver coinage of the fourth to sixth centuries A.D.", Revue Numismatique 2002, no. 158, pp. 139-159; Simon Bendall, "Two New Anonymous Constantinian Coins", Numismatic Circular August 2008, vol. 116, no. 4, pp. 185-187; Lars Ramskold, "Coins and Medallions Struck for the Inauguration of Constantinopolis 11 May 330", Niš and Byzantium IX, 2011, pp. 125-157.

Note that also forgeries of this type exist (see example; eBay 2021, 1.70 g) and some of them may be dangerous. Therefore, not all coins listed below should be treated as authentic!

Coin could be noted after CONSTANTINOPLE 53.

NOTES

AR fraction. Weight 1.77 g. Sold on Morton & Eden auction 83/84, session 2 (lot 626) in December 2016 for GBP 650.

Other specimens (listing is limited to 25 examples due to the commonness of this type):

- sold on Roma Numismatics E-Sale 36 (lot 797) in May 2017 for GBP 520; weight 1.30 g; diameter 17 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Künker auction 333 (lot 1497) in March 2020 for EUR 800; sold on Numismatik Naumann auction 92 (lot 872) in August 2020 for EUR 1,000; weight 1.43 g; diameter 17 mm [click for picture];

- sold on eBay in July 2020 for EUR 628; weight 1.24 g; diameter 17.5 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Gorny & Mosch auction 237, session 2 (lot 2159) in March 2016 for EUR 425; weight 1.13 g [click for picture];

- sold on CNG Mail Bid Sale 67 (lot 1772) in September 2004 for USD 1,250; weight 1.24 g [click for picture];

- sold on CNG Mail Bid Sale 61 (lot 2080) in September 2002 for USD 820; sold on CNG Triton XIV (lot 839) in January 2011 for USD 1,700; weight 1.30 g; diameter 16 mm [click for picture];

- sold on CNG Mail Bid Sale 58 (lot 1360) in September 2001 for USD 575; sold on CNG Mail Bid Sale 60 (lot 1908) in May 2002 for USD 575; weight 1.30 g [click for picture];

- sold on Numismatica Ars Classica auction 33 (lot 598) in April 2006 for CHF 1,600; weight 1.20 g [click for picture];

- sold on eBay in January 2006 for USD 668; weight 0.90 g; diameter 16 mm [click for picture];

- from TimeLine Auctions; 1.47 g; diameter 17.52 mm [click for picture];

- sold on eBay in July 2007 for USD 250, now in Brent Upchurch's collection; weight 0.83 g; diameter 16 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Gorny & Mosch auction 147 (lot 2337) in March 2006 for EUR 460; weight 1.48 g [click for picture];

- sold on Numismatica Ars Classica auction 40 (lot 856) in May 2007 for CHF 1,000; weight 1.20 g; diameter 17 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Gorny & Mosch auction 138 (lot 2424) in March 2005 for EUR 650; weight 1.61 g [click for picture];

- sold on Gorny & Mosch auction 269 (lot 1211) in March 2005 for EUR 850; weight 1.65 g [click for picture];

- sold on CNG eAuction 338 (lot 282) in November 2014 for USD 550; ex Rick Morton; weight 1.39 g; diameter 17 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Gorny & Mosch auction 216 (lot 3271) in October 2013 for EUR 350; weight 1.40 g [click for picture];

- sold on eBay in March 2014; weight 1.30 g; diameter 16 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Numismatik Lanz auction 158 (lot 663) in June 2014 for EUR 700; weight 1.41 g [click for picture];

- sold on CNG eAuction 337 (lot 534) eBay in October 2014 for USD 900; weight 1.35 g; diameter 17 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Pecunem 25 (lot 284) in November 2014 for EUR 400; weight 1.01 g; diameter 15 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Numismatik Lanz auction 159 (lot 594) in December 2014 for EUR 490; weight 1.46 g [click for picture];

- sold on CNG eAuction 360 (lot 495) eBay in September 2015 for USD 550; weight 1.34 g; diameter 16 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Aureo & Calicó auction 280-1 (lot 79) in July 2016 for EUR 400; weight 1.38 g [click for picture];

- from Gorny & Mosch auction 245 (lot 1787), March 2017; sold on Martí Hervera Subasta Numismática 1105 – Room auction only (lot 1219) in October 2018 for EUR 150; weight 0.81 g [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski