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RIC VII, ROME 285, CONSTANTINE II, [CORRECTION]

  

OBVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (no legend); bust l., laur., dr., cuir.

REVERSE

CONSTAN/TINVS/CAESAR [CONSTANTINVS CAESAR]; rev. legend in three lines; star above. SMRA in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

[CORRECTION]. This type is listed in RIC with officina S based on the unique specimen from British Museum. However, Bruun mentions in footnote 285 on p. 329 that originally officina letter was "recorded as A (?)" and he gives no reason why it was eventually changed to S. Actually, specimen from British Museum has SMRA in m.m. The SMRA issue was struck before fall of Crispus and in fact it precedes by years the SMRP issue, i.e. ROME 281 (2.54 g, 19 mm), ROME 282 (2.36 g) and ROME 284 (2.42 g, 18 mm), which was struck probably in 328-329. See: Lars Ramskold, "Constantine's Vicennalia and the Death of Crispus", Niš and Byzantium XI, 2013.

See also:
ROME [before 285], CRISPUS, UNLISTED FOR RULER

NOTES

Weight 2.32 g; diameter 17.5 mm. Coin sold on eBay in February 2007 for $69.01. Illustrated in Ramskold's article cited above on p. 427.

Other specimens:

- from the British Museum Collection (reg. no. B2285); cited in RIC and in Ramskold's article; weight 1.98 g [click for picture];

- from Ramskold's article cited above, p. 427 [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski