Heliodromus Posted June 9, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 9, 2022 I just received the second coin below today, RIC 180, and am very pleased with it despite the rough condition. It's tough to find. Magnentius must have been fond of this "Victoria Avg Lib Romanor" legend since his Rome mint issued four different reverse types all with this same legend ! First we have RIC 178 (eagle on globe) and RIC 177 (eagle on standard) in the RP issue. These are large "A" denomination coins (although not marked as such). Then we have RIC 180 (eagle on globe) and RIC 179 (eagle on standard) in the R.F.P issue, now carrying the "A" marking. Finally we have RIC 193 (Chi-Rho on standard) and RIC 192 (Victoria + Libertas, holding trophy) in the smaller "N" denomination. The Victoria + Libertas type was also issued in gold from a number of mints I don't have RIC 177 yet, although both it and RIC 179 (i.e the eagle-on-standard type) are the easiest ones to find. RIC 178 (ex. Tory Failmezger) RIC 180 (today's arrival - not "returned to sender") RIC 179 RIC 193 var - IM CAE vs IMP CAE, and appears cuirassed only vs cuirassed and draped RIC 192 One interesting thing about these types is that it appears the eagle-on-globe (+ spear) and eagle-on-standard (+ branch) types were issued together (in both the RP and R.F.P issues) yet the eagle-on-globe ones are much rarer. Presumably the later "N" denomination types were also co-issued. Two variants of the Chi-Rho design, but with a different "Victoria Avg Et Caes" legend, were also issued from Siscia during Magentius's brief control of that mint, with the new legend reflecting Decentius appointment and inclusion on those Siscian types. The officina designations used at Rome are also interesting. As a western mint Rome started with latin numeral designations P/S/T/Q, but that only works up to 4 since next in sequence after Quarta would be Quinta - another Q. Rome's solution was to switch to greek letter designations for officinas 5+, so we have Epsilon (E) for 5 and Digamma (S) for 6. However, this now introduces a new problem since latin S (Secunda = 2) and greek S (Digamma = 6) look pretty much the same, so Rome's solution was to switch to greek for officina 2 also, replacing S(ecunda) with B(eta), giving us a final lineup of: 1 = P (latin) 2 = B (greek) 3 = T (latin) 4 = Q (latin) 5 = E (greek) 6 = S (greek) All very logical in a Roman kind of way. Please show your favorites of Magentius and Decentius. 12 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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