7-2955

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

  

OBVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (no legend); star of eight rays ending in pellets. H below (or above).

REVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (no legend); laurel wreath inscribed C/A V/O 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 C/A V/O remain enigmatic.

See: 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 1.04 g; diameter 15 mm. Sold on CNG auction 75 (Lot 1145) in May 2007 for $575.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski