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RIC VII, TRIER [before 453], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND AND BUST TYPE [B1] [IRREGULAR COIN]

  

OBVERSE

CONSTANTINVSIVNNOBCC [CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C C (sic!)]; head r., laur. [B1].

REVERSE

PROVIDEN-TIAECAESS [PROVIDENTIAE CAESS]; camp gate with two turrets, no doors, star above. PTR in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED OBVERSE LEGEND AND BUST TYPE - B1. Bust type not attested for Constantine's II coins from this issue. Note also double "C" in obv. legend and extremely clumsy portrait. Apparently an ancient imitation.

General note from p. 160: "The only disturbing feature of the post-324 bronze coinages is the appearance of both regular and irregular-looking coins of the types VIRTVS AVGG or CAESS, some of them with the Providentiae reverse, others of the type with four turrets familiar from the coinage of Arles. The specimens kmown to the present writer are very few and do not permit us to reconstruct the pattern of this coinage. The majority of these coins, recorded by Maurice, seem to have been part of the Cologne hoard and therefore regarded as valid currency. These irregular coins and their counterparts, struck at the same time by the mint of Arles, point to a major confusion in the financial administration in Gaul".

NOTES

Weight 3.30 g; diameter 18 mm. Ex Killingholme Hoard; ex Beast Coins. Sold on VAuctions in December 2010 for $135.


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski