7-1016

RIC VII, ROME, LICINIUS I, UNLISTED ISSUE [VOTA PVBLICA] (Festival of Isis)

  

OBVERSE

IMPLICINIVSPFAVG [IMP LICINIVS P F AVG]; bust r., laur., dr., cuir., seen from back.

REVERSE

VOTAP-VBLICA [VOTA PVBLICA]; Isis std. l., holding sistrum in raised r. hand and situla in l. hand.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Specimen belongs to the Festival of Isis coins, first struck by Diocletian and continued until the 380s. Type of rev. listed for Licinius I in Vagi (no. 3423), but neither obv. legend, nor bust is specified. Listed in Alföldi (p. 60, no. 6).

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 2.30 g; diameter 15 mm. Münzhandlung Basel auction 8 (lot 1059), March 1937; sold on Numismatica Ars Classica auction 15 (lot 480) in May 1999 for CHF 1,500; sold on CNG auction 90 (lot 1714) in May 2012 for USD 1,900.

Other specimens:

- from the British Museum Collection (reg. no. 1982,1034.147); weight 1.72 g [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski