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RIC VII, LONDON 68, CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED ISSUE OR ENGRAVER'S ERROR

  

OBVERSE

IMPCONSTANTINVSAVG [IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG]; bust r., laur., cuir.

REVERSE

SOLIINVIC-TOCOMITI [SOLI INVICTO COMITI]; Sol stg. l., chlamys across l. shoulder, raising r. hand, globe in l. S in left field, P in right field. MSN in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE OR ENGRAVER'S ERROR. Coin similar to LONDON 68 except for MSN in m.m. instead of MSL. It could be an engraver's error, however, also other specimens from different dies are known (one from Appleford Hoard is mentioned in RIC in footnote 68 on p. 101). This fact strongly supports the hypothesis promoted by Lee Toone, that MSN is a mintmark of regular, but unlisted, London issue (see: Lee Toone, "A New London Mintmark for Constantine the Great?", Numismatic Circular, July 2009, p. 106). Hovever, in Cloke-Toone listed only as a minor variant of LONDON 68 (8.07.010).

See also:
LONDON 79, LICINIUS I, UNLISTED ISSUE OR ENGRAVER'S ERROR

NOTES

Weight 2.43 g. From the British Museum Collection (reg. no. 1977,1005.67).

Other specimens:

- specimen described in Lee Toone's article cited above as "French example"; now in the Phil Edmonds Collection; weight 2.98 g; diameter 21 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski