7-2954

RIC VII, CONSTANTINOPLE [after 53], ANONYMOUS, UNLISTED Æ ISSUE (star and wreath inscribed O/C S/C)

  

OBVERSE

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

REVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (no legend); laurel wreath inscribed O/C S/C in three lines.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Tessera. 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. Also letters O/C S/C remain enigmatic.

See: 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.

Coin should be noted after CONSTANTINOPLE 53.

NOTES

Æ fraction. Weight 0.94 g. Sold on Rauch auction 99 (Lot 321) in December 2015 for EUR 750.

Other specimens:

- sold on CNG auction 84 (lot 1522) in May 2010 for $800; weight 1.14 g [click for picture];

- sold on CNG eAuction 338 (lot 284) in November 2014 for $750; weight 0.87 g; diameter 16 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Solidus Numismatik auction 2 (lot 312) in May 2014 for EUR 650; weight 1.23 g; diameter 17 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Rauch auction 87 (lot 854) in December 2010 for EUR 650; weight 1.02 g [click for picture];

- sold on Helios Numismatik auction 7 (lot 948) in December 2011 for EUR 700; weight 0.91 g [click for picture];

- sold on CNG auction 81 (lot 1140) in May 2009 for $800; weight 1.14 g [click for picture];

- from Künker auction 124 (lot 9468), March 2007; weight 1.13 g [click for picture];

- ex Rick Morton [click for picture];

- from CNG auction 53 (lot 1736), March 2000; ex Victor Failmezger [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski