7-3237

RIC VII, HERACLEA [before 8], DIOCLETIAN, UNLISTED FOR RULER [IRREGULAR COIN]

   

OBVERSE

DIOCLETI-ANVSAVG [DIOCLETIANVS AVG]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

Fourfold wreath enclosing SIC X/SIC XX and SMHB; at top of wreath, small eagle in circle.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED FOR RULER. RIC VII lists this rev. type only for Constantine I and Licinius I (HERACLEA 8-10; see example of HERACLEA 8). Diocletian is not attested and of course such coin would be strange and anachronistic. Note, however, that there is also a genuine small Æ fraction minted for Diocletian in Treveri with similar rev. (RIC VI TREVERI 565; The New York Sale 14, lot 402, 1.51 g). Apparently an ancient imitation made from wrong dies. Could be noted before HERACLEA 8.

NOTES

Aureus (subaeratus). Weight 2.56 g. Coin sold on Frühwald auction 141 (lot 665) in April 2021 for EUR 260.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski