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RIC VII, TICINUM [after 198], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED REVERSE LEGEND, OFFICINA Q

  

OBVERSE

CONSTAN-TINVSAVG [CONSTANTINVS AVG]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

PROVIDEN-TIAEAVGG [PROVIDENTIAE AVGG]; camp gate, two turrets, star above, no doors, varying number of stone layers. Q crescent T in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED REVERSE LEGEND. RIC lists for Constantine I rev. legend D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG. Legend PROVIDENTIAE AVGG was not in use in Ticinum at all.

General note from p. 357: "The other type of the last period is the camp-gate reverse, found in Ticinum with the legend D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG for Constantine instead of the customary PROVIDENTIAE AVGG [...] as in all other mints". However, in the footnote 198 on p. 386 Bruun notes that "Maur. [Maurice, Numismatique constantinienne] ii, p. 275, rev I, records PROVIDENTIAE AVGG 1 (B1) [i.e. with obverse legend CONSTANTINVS AVG, head r., laur.] and maintains that he has seen one specimen in V [Vienna]: not to be found".

Note that coin is overstruck (CAES visible on the left side of the obverse). Could be regarded as an ancient imitation. Otherwise, should be listed after TICINUM 198.

See also:
TICINUM [after 198], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED REVERSE LEGEND, OFFICINA T

NOTES

Weight 2.96 g; diameter 19 mm. Ex Beast Coins. Sold on VAuctions auction 238 (lot 54) in December 2009 for $90.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski