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RIC VII, NICOMEDIA [after 157], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED BUST TYPE [E7], OFFICINA A

  

OBVERSE

CONSTANTINVSIVNNOBC [CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C]; bust r. with plain diadem, dr., cuir. [E7].

REVERSE

PROVIDEN-TIAECAES• [PROVIDENTIAE CAES•]; camp gate, two turrets, no doors, star above, varying number of stone layers. SMNΑ in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED BUST TYPE - E7. RIC lists only bust type B4 [laurel wreath instead of plain diadem] (p. 626). However, in footnote 157 on p. 626 Bruun mentions that NaH [Nagytétény Hoard published by A. Alfôldi] has 10 specimens attributed as bust E8 [rosette-diadem], but claims that it is "clearly a slip for B4". Could it be a slip for E7?

Note that specimens with bust B4 also exist. See examples of NICOMEDIA 157, OFFICINA Α, NICOMEDIA 157, OFFICINA Γ, NICOMEDIA 157, OFFICINA Є and NICOMEDIA 157, OFFICINA S.

Note also that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish plain diadem from twofold wreath of unusual shape (see example of NICOMEDIA 157, PROBABLY BUST B4). Coin should be listed after NICOMEDIA 157.

See also:
NICOMEDIA [after 157], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED BUST TYPE [E7], OFFICINA Δ
NICOMEDIA [after 157], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED BUST TYPE [E7], OFFICINA Є
NICOMEDIA [after 157], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED BUST TYPE [E7], OFFICINA S

NOTES

Weight 3.14 g; diameter 18-19 mm. Ex Beast Coins. Sold on VAuctions auction 252 (lot 130) in September 2010 for $91.

Other specimens:

- from Ancient Imports; weight 3.1 g; 19.52 mm [click for picture];

- sold on eBay in June 2014 for $32 [click for picture];

- sold on eBay in August 2017 for GBP 53; weight 3.10 g; diameter 18 mm [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski