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RIC VII, CONSTANTINOPLE [after 53], ANONYMOUS, UNLISTED Æ ISSUE [STAR OF EIGHT RAYS]

  

OBVERSE

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

REVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (no legend); laurel wreath.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Half follis. 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: Bendall, S., "An anonymous Constantinian coinage", Numismatic Fine Arts Inc. Journal 1986, no. 32, pp. 2-3; Bendall, S., "Some comments on the anonymous silver coinage of the fourth to sixth centuries A.D.", Revue Numismatique 2002, no. 158, pp. 139-159. Coin should be listed after CONSTANTINOPLE 53.

See also:
CONSTANTINOPLE [after 53], ANONYMOUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [STAR OF EIGHT RAYS]

NOTES

Weight 1.15 g; diameter 16 mm. Sold on Classical Numismatic Auctions XII (lot 1101) in September 1990; ex Rick Morton; sold on CNG eAuction 338 (lot 283) in November 2014 for $425.

Other specimens:

- sold on Rauch 86 (1222) auction in May 2010 for EUR 360; weight 3,24 g (sic!) [click for picture];

- sold on eBay in October 2012 for $900; weight 1,9 g; diameter 18 mm [click for picture];

- sold on CNG auction 103 (lot 880) in September 2016 for $550; weight 1,12 g; diameter 15 mm [click for picture];

- sold on Roma Numismatics auction XIV (lot 806) in September 2017 for GBP 625; weight 1,11 g; diameter 15 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski