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RIC VII, TRIER [after 455], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS CAESS] [IRREGULAR COIN]

  

OBVERSE

CONSTANTINVSIVNNOBC [CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C]; head r., laur.

REVERSE

VIRTVS-CAESS [VIRTVS CAESS]; camp gate with three turrets, no doors. PTR in exergue.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Virtus Augg/Caess reverse is not listed for Trier but there are some "irregular coins" of this type mentioned in footnotes. 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 known 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". On p. 205, footnote 459 [misprint! should be 452] Crispus' coin is mentioned, which is very similar to the presented one: "VIRTVS-CAESS, camp gate with 3 turrets, no doors, 2 stars above, obv. 1 (B1)". It probably belongs to the same imitative issue. However, Bruun writes also that "Maur. [Maurice, Numismatique constantinienne] i, p. 443, rev. XIV. 1-2; p. 458, rev. III, records a number of VIRTVS AVGG and CAESS coins of varying marks, describing them all as barbarous". Coin should be listed in footnotes after TRIER 455.

See also:
TRIER [after 449], CONSTANTINE I, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS AVGG] [IRREGULAR COIN]
TRIER [after 455], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS CAESS] [IRREGULAR COIN]
TRIER [after 455], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS CAESS] [IRREGULAR COIN]
TRIER [after 455], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS AVGG], HYBRID [IRREGULAR COIN]
TRIER [after 505], CONSTANTINE II, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS CAESS] [IRREGULAR COIN]

NOTES

Weight 1.5 g; diameter 17.18 mm. Ex Victor Failmezger. From Ancient Imports


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski