7-015

RIC VII, SISCIA [after 229], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED BUST TYPE [E6]

   

OBVERSE

ANEPIGRAPHIC (no legend); head r. with pearl-diadem, looking upwards [E6].

REVERSE

CONSTAN-TINVSAVG [CONSTANTINVS AVG]; Victory advancing l., holding wreath and palm branch. SIS in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED BUST TYPE - E6. RIC lists for this type only bust E4 [SISCIA 210; plain diadem] (p. 452) and bust E5 [SISCIA 229; rosette-diadem] (p. 455). However, Constantine looks very young and similar types are listed in RIC VIII for Constantine II [SISCIA 53-56], so this attribution is disputable (but see note on p. 353: "These pieces may belong to Constantine I"). See also Bruun's opinion about similar issue from Rome: addenda to p. 343, no. 377 on p. 714. See also CORRIGENDA, VOL. VII, p. 452. Coin could be listed after SISCIA 229.

NOTES

Siliqua. Weight 3.18 g; diameter 18 mm. From Numismatik Lanz auction 120 (lot 570) in May 2004. Now in Brent Upchurch's collection.

Other specimens:

- specimen 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. 45; weight 3.045 g [click for picture]. See Bruun's opinion there: "The pearl diadem suggests Constantine II as Augustus, but the short hair on the nape of the neck indicates Constantine I". Note also that the specimen from Dumbarton Oaks is cited in RIC VII as SISCIA 229 (p. 455), i.e. as with rosette-diadem (sic!);

- specimen from Tkalec Auction February 2008 (lot 520); possibly pearl-diadem (tie with pearls) but could be also described as plain diadem decorated with pearls; weight 3.17 g [click for picture];

- specimen from Dr. Busso Peus auction 371 (lot 504) in April 2002; as above, possibly pearl-diadem (tie with pearls) but could be also described as plain diadem decorated with pearls; weight 3.31 g [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski