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RIC VII, CYZICUS [before 76], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND, BUST TYPE B4

  

OBVERSE

CONSTAN-TINVSAVG [CONSTANTINVS AVG]; bust r., laur, dr., cuir.

REVERSE

GLOR-IAEXERC-ITVS [GLORIA EXERCITVS]; two soldiers helmeted, stg. facing one another, spear in outer hand, inner hand on shield set on ground; between them, two standards. SMKΔ in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND. RIC lists only longer obv. legend CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG. But see footnote 78 on p. 655: "In RV [Rome, Biblioteca Vaticana] an interesting off. Γ, obv. legend CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, of regular appearance. Dattari records a similar coin, but with bust B4 and an of. Δ, bust E8, though details of diadem are unknown". Note also unusual bust type which hardly looks like typical B4 (listed for this issue). Coin may be regarded as an ancient imitation, otherwise, it should be listed before CYZICUS 76.

See also:
CYZICUS [before 76], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND, BUST TYPE E8

NOTES

Weight 2.38 g; diameter 17 mm. Coin sold on CGB E-auction 364 (lot 277437) in April 2020 for EUR 16.

Other specimens:

- sold on eBay in July 2008 for USD 35; diameter 19 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski