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RIC VII, NICOMEDIA [before 105], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED REVERSE LEGEND

  

OBVERSE

CONSTANTINVSIVNNOBC [CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C]; bust r., laur., cuir.

REVERSE

VIRTVSCON-STANTINICAES [VIRTVS CONSTANTINI CAES]; prince in military dress, advancing r., transverse spear in r. hand, trophy across l. shoulder, cloak flying forward, spurning captive sitting on ground. SMN in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED REVERSE LEGEND. RIC lists only specimen with unusual reverse legend VIRTVS CONSTANTINI CAVS which is apparently an engraver's error (cited after Maurice, Numismatique constantinienne, vol. III, Paris 1912, p. 65, no. XXIII; see picture from plate III, no. 7; weight 4.50 g). Coin should be listed in RIC before NICOMEDIA 105. Note that the heavier pieces may be regarded as a multiples (medallions of 1¼ solidi) and therefore as an unknown issue to be listed after NICOMEDIA 102.

NOTES

Solidus or medallion of 1¼ solidi. Weight 5.08 g. Coin sold on Numismatica Ars Classica auction 24 (lot 291) in December 2002 for CHF 9,500.

Other specimens:

- from Bolaffi Ambassador auction 319 (lot 352), December 2011; sold on Gadoury Monaco 2018, part I (lot 183) in November 2018 for EUR 1,600; weight 4.48 g [click for picture];

- sold on The New York Sale XXIII (lot 253) in January 2010 for $1,500; weight 5.67 g (with loop) [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski