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RIC VII, NICOMEDIA [before 117], CONSTANTIUS II, UNLISTED REVERSE [Three palm branches]

  

OBVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (no legend); head r. with plain diadem, looking upwards.

REVERSE

CONSTANTIVSCAESAR [CONSTANTIVS CAESAR]; three palm branches stg.; star above. N in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED REVERSE. Not attested for this issue. RIC lists similar issue from Nicomedia minted for Constantius II only (NICOMEDIA 187 and unlisted NICOMEDIA [before 187] (p. 633).

Note that reverse with three palm branches is attested for three Caesars (Crispus, Constantine II and Constantius II) and five mints (Rome, Ticinum, Thessalonica, Nicomedia and Antioch), but dating of these issues in RIC is inconsistent and disputable. According to RIC ROME 379 and 380 (p. 343, Constantius II and Constantine II) were struck in 336-7; TICINUM 184 (p. 383, Constantine II) was struck in 324-5; THESSALONICA 195 (p. 526, Constantine II) was struck in 335; NICOMEDIA 187 (p. 633, Constantius II) was struck in 336-7 and ANTIOCH 70A (p. 720 ["Addenda and Corrigenda"], Crispus) was struck no later than 326. Presence of Crispus' coins (ANTIOCH 70A and unlisted NICOMEDIA [before 117]) suggests rather earlier date, c. 325.

See also the new and exhaustive study on this subject: Lars Ramskold, "Constantine's Vicennalia and the Death of Crispus", Niš and Byzantium XI, 2013.

Coin should be listed before NICOMEDIA 187.

See also:
ROME [after 379], CONSTANTIUS II, UNLISTED BUST TYPE AND REVERSE LEGEND
NICOMEDIA [before 117], CRISPUS, UNLISTED REVERSE
NICOMEDIA [before 117], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED REVERSE
NICOMEDIA [before 117], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED REVERSE

NOTES

Siliqua. Weight 3.03 g; diameter 21 mm. Coin sold on Numismatik Lanz auction 112 (lot 893) in November 2002 for EUR 1,500.

Other specimens:

- sold on Pecunem auction 10 (lot 736) in December 2013 for EUR 1,600; weight 3.2 g; diameter 21 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski