7-022

RIC VII, ROME [after 43], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED ISSUE [VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP]

  

OBVERSE

CONSTAN-TINVSAVG [CONSTANTINVS AVG]; bust r., laur. helmet, cuir.

REVERSE

VICTORIAELAETAEPRINCPERP [VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP]; two Victories facing one another, holding shield inscribed VOT/X over altar. PR in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Depeyrot 18/2. Published in Cohen, vol. VII, p. 304, no. 641. Specimen was known to the both authors of RIC VI and VII. However, Bruun in RIC VII assumes that this coin belongs to RIC VI: "In addition VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP/VOT X coins were created for the quinquennalia, 31 March 311/312" (p. 281). Note that Bruun believed at that time that the battle of Milvian Bridge happened in 311. On the other hand, Sutherland in RIC VI mentions in "Addenda" (p. 688): "The solidus with rev. VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP/VOT X, given by Bruun (R.I.C. vii, p. 281) to the period 312-313, is correctly dated by M. Alföldi (C.G. 648) to 315" (time when Constantine was celebrating his decennalia in Rome). As a result, coin is listed neither in RIC VI nor in RIC VII, but probably should be listed after ROME 43.

See also:
ROME [after 43], LICINIUS I, UNLISTED ISSUE [VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP]
TICINUM [after 32], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED ISSUE [VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP]

NOTES

Solidus. Weight 4.42 g. Coin sold on Tkalec auction 2001 (lot 375) in February 2001 for CHF 14,000; sold on CNG Triton VI (lot 1086) in January 2003 for $7,500; sold on Gemini III (lot 459) in January 2007 for $18,000.

Other specimens:

- from the British Museum Collection (reg. no. R.158; weight 4.62 g; obv. legend break A-N [click for picture];

- from the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Collection (reg. no. 18229705); weight 4.81 g; diameter 18 mm [click for picture];

- from Hess 1935, Sammlung Franz Trau, lot 3844, p. 104 and plate 44; weight 4.33 g [click for picture];

- sold on Künker auction 182 (lot 903) in March 2011 for EUR 4,700; weight 4.55 g; obv. legend break A-N [click for picture];

- from: Patrick Bruun, "The bellum Cibalense of AD 316", [in:] Essays in Honour of Robert Carson and Kenneth Jenkins, Spink, London 1993, plate XLII, no. 7 [click for picture];

- from Bellinger, A. R., Bruun, P., Kent, J. P. C., Sutherland, C. H. V., "Late Roman Gold and Silver Coins at Dumbarton Oaks: Diocletian to Eugenius", Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Vol. 18 (1964), p. 179, no. 44; weight 4.618 g; obv. legend break A-N [click for picture];

- from Leu auction, May 1985; also Numismatica Ars Classica auction, February 2001; weight 4.11 g; obv. legend break A-N [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski