6-1748

RIC VI, SISCIA [after 10], MAXIMIAN HERCULIUS, UNLISTED ISSUE [VIRTVS AVGVSTORVM]

  

OBVERSE

VIRTVSMAXI-MIANIAVG [VIRTVS MAXIMIANI AVG]; bust r., laur., cuir., holding small spear in r. hand, two more in l. hand.

REVERSE

VIRTVSAVGVSTORVM [VIRTVS AVGVSTORVM]; Hercules stg. r., r. resting on club, lion's skin and bow in l. hand.

NOT IN RIC

UNLISTED ISSUE. Not attested in RIC V/2 and RIC VI. Probably belongs to pre-reform coinage (in Depeyrot (p. 96, Siscia 1/17) dated to 286). Note also that small spears holding by Emperor (called minores subarmales) are often confused with plumbatae (cf. Sylviane Estiot, "Sine arcu sagittae : la représentation numismatique de plumbatae / mattiobarbuli aux IIIe-IVe siècles (279-307 de n. è.", Numismatische Zeitschrift 2008, no. 116/117). Coin should be listed after SISCIA 10.

NOTES

Aureus. Weight 5.89 g. Sold on Bank Leu auction 18 (lot 386) in May 1977 for CHF 55,000 (weight given as 5.31 g); ex LHS Numismatik auction 97 (lot 87), May 2006 (weight given as 5.31 g); sold on Numismatica Ars Classica auction 100 (lot 613) in May 2017 for CHF 30,000.

Other specimens:

- sold on Aureo & Calicó auction Imagines Imperatorum (lot 309) in February 2012 for EUR 40,000; sold on Aureo & Calicó auction 300 (lot 184) in November 2017 for EUR 26,000; weight 5.53 g [click for picture];

- ex Astarte Bolla Collection (lot 95), February 2007; sold on Numismatica Ars Classica auction 91 (lot 57) in May 2016 for CHF 50,000; weight 5.69 g [click for picture].


NOT IN RIC © 2004 Lech Stępniewski