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RIC VII, NICOMEDIA 164, CONSTANTIUS I, Æ TRIAL PIECE [FORGERY]

  

OBVERSE

FLVALCONSTANTIVSNOBCAES [FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

[no legend]; emperor stg. facing, head l., in quadriga, raising r. hand, eagle-tipped sceptre in l. hand.

NOT IN RIC

Æ TRIAL PIECE. Strange specimen with obverse of Nicomedian style (cf. VI NICOMEDIA 28a) which belongs to RIC VI and reverse die-linked to NICOMEDIA 164, CONSTANTINE I, Æ TRIAL PIECE. Almost certainly a modern forgery from the infamous Bulgarian Lipanoff Studio. See: Lars Ramskold, "Constantine's Vicennalia and the Death of Crispus", Niš and Byzantium XI, 2013, p. 435-437.

NOTES

Weight 9.18 g; diameter 28.5 mm. Coin offered on Gorny & Mosch auction 181 (lot 2459) in October 2009 for EUR 400.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski