7-1840

RIC VII, ROME, CONSTANTIUS II (?), UNLISTED ISSUE [VOTA PVBLICA] (Festival of Isis)

  

OBVERSE

DNCONSTAN-[TIVSPFAVG] [D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG]; bust l., laur. (?)., wearing trabea, eagle-tipped (?) sceptre in r. hand.

REVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (?); Isis, holding sistrum, in cart drawn l. by two mules.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Specimen belongs to the Festival of Isis coins, first struck by Diocletian and continued until the 380s. Type probably listed in Vagi (no. 3447; rev. Co): obv. legend not specified, bust described as "Diad. half-bust r. or l. of Constantius II wearing consular robes, hldg. scepter and sometimes also a branch (?)" (p. 574). Listed in Alföldi (p. 65, no. 56).

See also: Lars Ramskold, "A die link study of Constantine’s pagan Festival of Isis tokens and affiliated coin-like ‘fractions’: chronology and relation to major imperial events", Jahrbuch für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte 66, 2016, pp. 157-239.

NOTES

Weight 1.25 g. From the British Museum Collection (reg. no. 1932,0611.1); attributed to Constantine II but obv. legend is not specified.

Other specimens:

- from the British Museum Collection (reg. no. 1867,1223.30); also attributed to Constantine II and obv. legend is not specified; plate coin in Alföldi; weight 1.69 g [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski